Yes, this could very well be the title of a chapter from biology. The chapter describes the origin of life and the presence of life in different forms on the planet. Another place where we find this question is in a philosophy class.
This seemingly simple question struck me when my brother’s 5-year-old son asked me –uncle, What is life? (Yup, he is allowed to call me uncle)… I was a bit taken aback by the question as I wasn’t expecting it from a five-year-old. But I didn’t want to disappoint the young boy, so I did try to address his query keeping his age in mind. For a 5-year-old, chocolate is happiness. Playing is happiness. Splashing water in the bathtub is happiness. Bedtime stories are happiness. I tried to collect as many examples as possible. The point that I wanted to put in his mind was that HAPPINESS is the final destination.
However, the episode had a lasting impact on my consciousness. That is when I understood the gravity of the question. It is so common that we don’t take it seriously. I could not help but dig deep into these 3 important words which could stir curiosity in a 5-year-old.
The next obvious thing to do was google it out. I hope it wouldn’t surprise you when I say that billions of people are actually looking for the answer.
Here I must add – this is what I found from my Google search
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A very interesting fact that came to light is the connection of the number 42 with the meaning of life
42 and the asterisk symbol
Forty-two is the ASCII code for the symbol * also known as the asterisk. This symbol is often thought to translate to anything or everything. In this instance, 42 = everything, the meaning of life.
What is the meaning of life?
So when we ask,” what is life?” We are in fact looking for the meaning of life. We are searching for the purpose of life. And, I very strongly feel that the only meaning of life is HAPPINESS. This episode left me with this question – What are the most important lessons of life?
That is how the seed of this website germinated. This question does pop up in our minds. Sometimes at a very young age when school seems overwhelming. Another time is during tests when grades become the most important thing in life.
Young tender minds begin to wonder about the meaning of life. Questions like how is geography, algebra, geometry, or social studies going to help me in life. As we grow up the subjects of the question keep changing.
In your teens, it’s about relationships and rebellions with parents. Then it shifts to career and finances. This leads to family and children. Then comes the ever-so-famous mid-life crisis. Not long after health starts putting in some questions. And this list goes on hand in hand with each and every phase of life.
While I can easily write a book on this, I decided to respect the attention span of the present generation. To understand this mystery called life I decided to create snippets or lessons of life. So, what are the lessons of life?
The plain and simple one-line answer to this is –
Everything in life has to end in HAPPINESS.