What's the Meaning of Life?

Asked by Jane Belanger

August 11, 2010

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Esa Vehmanen

From Irvine (Research Scientist)

I think the meaning of life for a human is just to be happy. I don’t think it’s any deeper than that; there’s no deeper meaning. And to be happy is to just enjoy each moment that you have as if it’s your last moment. That’s about it.

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Suzy Neessen

From The Plains, Virginia (Horticulturist)

I think life is lessons. You’re put in a situation, whether your dad’s an alcoholic or you’re addicted to drugs or you’re living with a fellow coworker who bugs the hell out of you or whatever. A lot of it is how you handle that, and if you let it get the best of you or you try to fix the situation. Do you decide to just walk away from it? But what is the meaning? Where does it lead you? I don’t know. I don’t know if it necessarily makes your life easier. I don’t know if there’s another life after this one.

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Lafe Ball

From University City (Canvasser)

Honestly, there’s three things I know to the meaning of life, the whole reason we’re here. It’s to find water, find food, and procreate. The only thing is to make sure our future generations can exist. That’s it. We don’t need anything else. That’s why we’re here.

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Dennis Artyukhov

From La Jolla (Salesman)

Love. It’s the most wonderful thing you could ever reach. To love is like Nirvana. That’s all you need from this life. And not to spoil the Earth. Keep it really green and healthy for the next generation without wasting things — that’s another point of life. Keep it really good for generation after generation and teach good manners. It’s really important for the children.

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Beto Aguero

From North Park (Grocery Clerk)

For me, personally, I think it’s a matter of surviving the best way possible and to excel at what you’re able to. A short-term plan that’s sufficient enough to challenge. Just strive and struggle — that’s my motto, actually. Whatever the outcome, that’s your entitlement for the day. I just can’t see as far down the line as I used to ten years ago. You have to be tuned in to this generation while still respecting your age. Great communication with your family members is key. It’s the foundation.

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Anhet Pellegaud

From Golden Hill (Student)

I think part of it is personal happiness. But most likely I think it’s to have a lot of experiences. I’m looking forward to that in life. Skydiving, traveling around the world, having really cool experiences like swimming with dolphins and sharks. It’s the adventure!


Joe Poutous Aug. 18, 2010 @ 11:01 a.m.

Single Barrel Jack Daniels over ice.


Sitting on the balcony over looking the beach


The sun is setting over the waves.


A long, fun day with a beautiful girl




David Dodd Aug. 20, 2010 @ 8:13 p.m.

"What's the meaning of life?"

Death. And in between life and death, according to Vonnegut, we are simply supposed to fart around. And hopefully, a lot of good stuff happens to balance out the bad stuff that happens.

And I'm not being intentionally nihilistic here, simply pointing out the obvious, that the inevitable result of any event is the true meaning of the event. What this likely points to, is that far too many people fear the meaning of life and probably don't do enough farting around.


nan shartel Aug. 21, 2010 @ 8:33 a.m.

hey Billy Pilgrim...i like ur slant on it!


Jay Allen Sanford Aug. 21, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m.

I'm going with the Pythonics --- quoting Pythonic church deacon Michael Palin: "Well, it's nothing very special. Uh, try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."

Always look on the bright side of life!


Jay Allen Sanford Aug. 21, 2010 @ 9:26 a.m.

Whoops, I see CystalCove already quoted the Pythonics - then I'm going with Deep Thought.

The meaning of life - and the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything - is 42.


BusGreg Aug. 28, 2010 @ 1:01 p.m.

Refriedgringo, Well said! And I promise to do more farting around!!!!


Founder Aug. 28, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

Life is just Life How could it be anything else...

As far as meaning, words fail me...


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