Top-10 Clues to the
secret to life is to appreciate the pleasure of being
- Oscar Wilde
of life is not simply to exist, to survive,
but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Perhaps you are rotting away working at
a government job and wondering about many aspects of life,
including the meaning of life. You are not alone.
Entrepreneur George Montegu Black, father of
former media baron Lord Conrad Black (now in jail), suffered a
few career disappointments
and became melancholy in his later years.
Shortly before his death, George
Montegu Black is reported to have proclaimed, "Life is hell,
everything is bullshit, and most people are bastards."
Perhaps Black experienced True Enlightenment
when he made that statement.
Or is there more to life? In a study
reported in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology,
three academics analyzed 238 quotations from 195 people ranging
from Rousseau to Bob Dylan in an attempt to find a clue as to
the meaning of life.
Here are the top ten:
- Life is to be enjoyed. (17 percent of the sample)
- We are here to love
and help others. (13 percent)
- Life is a mystery. (13 percent)
- There is no cosmic meaning. (11 percent)
- We are here to serve or worship God. (11 percent)
- Life is a struggle. (8 percent)
- We must make a contribution to society. (6
- Our mission in life is to seek wisdom/truth, and to
become self-actualized. (6 percent)
- We must create meaning for ourselves. (5 percent)
- Life is absurd or a joke.
When we remember we are all mad, the
mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
One more note on the meaning of life: While
discussing this with one of my friends, he replied, "My dad
once worked with an educated man. He told my dad the following:
'There is only one truth ... everything in life is a fraud.'
You Believe in God
If you are highly religious, have you ever
wondered why you believe in God?
People are drawn to religion for various
reasons; in fact, there are 16 different needs that people are
hoping to fulfill.
According to Steven Reiss, professor of
psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, the needs
- social contact
- physical exercise
In his research focusing mainly on
Christians, Professor Reiss found that religious people had a
strong need for interdependence with others.
On the other hand, people who were not
religious showed a stronger need to be self-reliant and
© 2011 by Ernie J.
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