THE MEANING OF LIFE
What is the meaning of life? Do fleas ever ponder this question? What about cows? Do cows wonder what their lives mean? (A cow once told me, “McDonald’s gives my life meaning.”)
Human beings are the only earthlings who ponder this question. Why? Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs provides the answer:
- Biological and Physiological needs (air, food, shelter);
- Safety needs (protection);
- Belonging and Love needs (family, relationships, work groups);
- Esteem needs (achievement, status, reputation); and,
- Self-Actualization (personal growth and fulfillment).
Human beings are the only earthlings who are able to get past need Number 3. Most earthlings only focus on Numbers 1 an 2. Getting past Number 3 gives humans the luxury of not worrying about food, shelter, and protection. Humans have the time to think, “Why are we here? What do our lives mean?” Humans constantly concerned about food, shelter, and protection will not care why they are here or what life means. Their only concern is survival.
Survival. How incredible that life survives no matter what! A simple thing such as plants growing through cracks in concrete reminds us of this.
I asked Life about its meaning. Life answered, “Survival.” Life means survival. No matter what we believe about the meaning of life, life goes on. It always has, and it always will. Amazing!