The Meaningfulness of Life

Life is either meaningful, predictable, consistent and fair – or it is not. If life were not predictable, then life would not be consistent. If it were not consistent, then life could not be fair. If it were not fair, life would not be meaningful. If life were not meaningful, what would be the point of living? Why even be here? It simply makes no sense that life could exist without meaning, especially in light of the glorious profusion of life and the amazing ways of nature.

Life is profoundly meaningful, and I’m certain you think so, too, or you wouldn’t still be reading. Fortunately, our daily experiences provide proof that life is indeed meaningful. As humans, both individually and collectively, we sometimes make choices big and small that result in unforeseen or undesirable outcomes, and we call these “errors in judgment” or “miscalculations” or “mistakes”. Being wrong about something or making a mistake always presents an opportunity to learn something about life. We can always learn from any mistake or error in judgment, and this gives real meaning to our experiences.

Since mistakes always present opportunities to learn about life, life is therefore meaningful. For life to be meaningful, it has to be consistent such that the same set of conditions brings about the same result each time. For life to be consistent, there must be a set of operating principles – hinted at by the laws of physics – that work the same every time regardless of who is involved or why. If that is so – that the operating principles of life don’t care who you are or why you want something, and work in the same consistent manner regardless – then life must be fair. If life is fair, outcomes must be predictable.

If outcomes are predictable, then it must be possible to have what we want in life without having to endure undesirable outcomes. But how? What can anyone really control? The weather? Their boss if they have one? Their kids if they have any? Their pets? The opinions or behavior of others? Good luck with any of that! With diligence and care, a person can control the machines they directly operate as long as the machines don’t malfunction, which they sometimes do. When we think about it, we quickly realize we can’t be fully confident of controlling anything “out there”. But for life to be fair and outcomes to be predictable, we must have some kind of control. And we do. Each of us has absolute control over one crucially important thing in life besides our own behavior.

The one thing you have absolute control over is the content of your mind. The only conditions you can insist upon are the beliefs, thoughts and intentions, which is to say, the mindset you maintain in your personal consciousness. That self-censored content of mind determines how you feel in the moment day to day, influences the events you bring about and the outcomes you attract. Take a few moments to savor this crucially important thought: With your own mind you create your day-to-day reality in terms of the events you bring about and the outcomes you attract. This is true for everyone. If it were not so, life would be a random gamble and a cruel joke. Fortunately, it is neither.

[Excerpt from the introduction to
“Turn on Your Love Light” copyright © 2015 Ralph Huntington]

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