Originally Posted by Smarky
What does it mean to be a rock? A planet? A star? A wild animal? The wind or a tree? The meaning of each 'thing' lies in what it is, the way it exists. The meaning of a star is just that -- being a star. In this context, the meaning of life is exactly that -- being alive.
There is an effortlessness that you can witness in nature. Grass does not try to figure out it's purpose, it just is, it doesn't try to grow, it just does. Fish donít try to figure out the stream or it's reason for being a fish, it just swims. Flowers donít question a thing, they just bloom. Nature knows it's meaning in the life process without questioning it, or perhaps it doesn't, yet somehow it fulfills it's purpose anyway, simply by being what it is.
The question then is simply, what makes you feel more alive?
Smarky, you get a gold star.
The nature of heat to warm. The nature of cold is to cool. That nature of light is to illuminate. The nature of space is to expand. Whether you notice it or not, everything follows its nature. We are consciousness, and guess what its nature is? To be conscious of course, which, in all likelihood, you are growing in without even realizing it. For consciousness, everything is lessons.
Aside from that, the purpose to life is whatever you want to make it. You are the value ascriber. You decide what is desirable or undesirable -- what is fulfilling or unfulfilling.
I find I get the most satisfaction out of learning the secrets of existence. The more awareness I gain, the more peaceful I feel.