You don't have to know the meaning of life to enjoy it fully
Ernie Zelinski, 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting

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In the same vein, having the absolute understanding of life - if there ever be one - would undoubtedly make life less enjoyable. Richard Bach in Illusions wrote, "Learn what the magician knows and it's not magic anymore." Not to mention  that desperately contemplating the meaning of life can lead to stress, ulcers, high blood pressure, and a lack of success. At the extreme, people frantically searching for the meaning of life have been know to commit suicide.

Even if you discover the absolute meaning of life, you may realize that it doesn't really make any difference to the quality of your existence anyway. Your answer may be that ultimately life is pretty meaningless, that we are all insignificant grains of dust in the grand cosmic scheme of things, that we are all leading random lives, that our existence doesn't affect anything or anyone.

George Carlin may have actually found a far better answer to the meaning of life. Now don't go get too excited, because his answer isn't as profound as you may anticipate. Carlin once said that the ultimate meaning of life is "to find a place to put all your stuff." This, indeed is as good of an answer as any other.

In short, if you want to reduce the existential angst in your life, give up your self-adopted role as a chief investigator of what makes this universe rock. No amount of brooding about the meaning of life can take the place of going out there and enjoying all it has to offer. The mistake most people make about pursuing the meaning of life is searching for the answer instead of living it. The search in itself may give people meaning but it seldom brings a smile to their faces.

How right Riga Mae Brown was when she said, "I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it." When you learn to enjoy all that life has to offer, there is no need to understand it. Viewed in this way, the meaning of life is to live fully- enjoy the ride, in other words.


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