What is the meaning of life? This is a question that haunts each of us and being an European born in Africa, or, why not?, an African living in Europe, I don’t have a clue. But I do remember my people in Africa, living barely above the minimum of dignity, but nevertheless living with joy. So, maybe, the meaning of life is not to think much about it, there is no good to rationalize it, since possibly there is no meaning at all, we have just to live. William Shakespeare put in the words of Macbeth that «[ Life]  is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.» And maybe it is just that, an organic process unfolding, a biological manifestation of some sort of energy. Is there necessity to introduce the idea of God? The idea of God is different to each Religion. Buddhist don’t even need to think about Him. And they are among the kindest people on Earth, I don’t believe that God, or a Universal Consciousness, will send all of them to Hell…

It is almost unbelievable that the three major monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – are at the source of major troubles on Earth, in Human History… Wars and terrorism seems to be at their living core. Ancient people respected numerous gods, including the Sun and the Moon, and it is understandable, since without the Sun and the Moon they (us!) will perish for sure. So, to kill for religious reasons is nothing else but a criminal act.

Quoting Fernando Pessoa: “But do we really live? To live without knowing what life is – is that living?”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet    

 

It is Plato that gives the most astounding definition of philosophy in front of the young and elegant Athenians, attracted by the round head of Socrates, eager to learn the meaning of life and the necessary wisdom to grasp its meaning. So, according to Plato, in his dialogue The Sophist, philosophy he epistéme tôn eleútheron, meaning: philosophy is the science of the sports people. My interpretation is: life is a sportive activity, needs motion, traveling around the world. To love. A lot…

 

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