Two Views on The Meaning of Life

Pessimist Views on the Meaning of Life:

Life is Meaningless.

Life is a Struggle.

Life is Absurd.

Life is a long struggle in the Dark.

Life is a predicament that precedes Death.

You’re born, and you don’t know Why.

You’re here, and you don’t know Why.

You Die, and you don’t want to.

The result is you’re a Loser.


Optimist Views on the Meaning of Life:

Life is to be Enjoyed.

We create our own Meaning of Life.

We are here to seek Wisdom and to be Productive.

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, this is the only Meaning of Life.

Life is what you make it.

You get up in the morning and you go to bed at night. In between you try to be happy.


Don’t we all have a mixture of these views at different times of our lives?

Our response to these views determine the principles by which we live as well as our goals and priorities in life.


What did you say to yourself at 20 -30 years old?

“What did I learn today?

Why don’t I do the things I know I should be doing?

You should be getting your butt kicked by you boss once in a while.

You need to be pushed to your limits.


What did you say to yourself at 40 –60 years old?

Time is NOT a limitless commodity. Finish what you start and don’t procrastinate.

Should I be focused on today or tomorrow? Life is a balance of knowing when to enjoy the moment vs. when to plant the seeds for tomorrow.

What did I learn today?


What did you say to yourself when you were old, 65+?

What’s left to accomplish?

You need a hobby, a passion (mine is writing).

What did I learn today?

You’re always learning or should be.



I hope you come to your own conclusions on this ETERNAL QUESTION.

6 thoughts on “Two Views on The Meaning of Life

  1. Rose Casey said:
    “Now you get me baby!!! lol
    I”m happy to share that I’m not a pessimist! I feel life can be a struggle..
    laced with the absurd from time to time.”

  2. How very philosophical of you Dave.
    It was Anais Nin who said: ‘we don’t see things as THEY are, but as WE are’. Everything we perceive is a reflection of our mindset. Have you ever noticed how food tastes better when you eat it with someone you love; or a sunset appears to dazzle more when you feel good in yourself?

  3. The meaning of life will be different for everyone. What is important (and difficult) is realizing what it is for YOU and then living your life that way. Many people spend their whole life keeping their loved ones happy and ignore their own interests. Not healthy for the mind or body!

  4. I realize that life for me has changed a great deal. Without Jim I am more
    in control of what direction I am going. Before even though I was my own person
    I let Jim control my thinking on almost every aspect of my life. Now that I am alone
    I am always looking for ways to make my life easier. I am busy moving in many
    directions. I feel like I have accomplished more in the last year than I have in years.
    I am happy to be alive and expect great things to happen to myself. I intend to
    live life to the fullest and to be the awesome person I know I can be……

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