September is drawing to a close and so will our featured conversation – Life’s Big Questions. Since the start of the month, we shared our answers to some and gave tips how you might respond when those questions are posed in your experience. Today, as we end this conversation, at least for now, we turn to what is possibly the biggest question of all – “Is this it?”
How many times have you asked this question? In my experience and through the conversations that I have had over the years, over dinner ones, by the bedside of hospital patients and in formal coaching sessions, this is one of the biggest questions. It is the one that points to what is on all our minds – whether you are a believer in God, a Creator or that life is a random event.
Joseph Campbell puts it well: “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
The Biggest One
Would you agree with that this is just it and it is a waste of time asking or looking any further than what is before you?
Since we started this conversation, we have looked at:
- Where is the grass greener?
- Life And Death
- Why Do Things Change?
- Is There “Real” Love?
- Making Choices
Some of the Contributors shared their answers or at least their attempts at answer some of these questions. One also shared technique that had worked for him and some of his clients when the stresses of some of life’s biggest questions come. Check out Michael’s post and strategy here. We also had a look at the greatest challenge faced by many in love – why do people cheat. You can read that here and share whether you have had this experience.
What I Know For Sure
Honestly, whether this is it or if there is more to this thing called life, no one can say for sure either way. Many will give you the impression that they have certain knowledge. They are pretenders, charlatans and liars. That may sound harsh but it is the truth that I am sticking to. People will and can only offer their thoughts, feelings and what they hope is their best idea about the meaning of life.
Heard somewhere once that the person who is perfect and know everything without a doubt regarding this the biggest question – that person would not be here among us now. Read this quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s book, “Cat’s Cradle,” and tell me what you think:
“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.
“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
“Certainly,” said man.
“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.
And He went away.”
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It was our pleasure having your company along this month’s quest and look forward to walking with you through October.