Meaning of life


In his philosophical discourse, the Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man’s futile search for meaning, unity and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values and asks the ultimate question, does such a realization require suicide. The same question is examined Percy Shelley in his philosophical essay, The Necessity of Atheism.

Does life in and of itself have a meaning beyond those values that we create as we go along? Many people hold on to religion and say it gives their lives meaning whether this is real or not I let you the reader to decide.

I think, our lives have no meaning. That once we go through the accident of birth, we will live and eventually die and that is the whole and short story. Such a profound realization then requires one to create meaning in their lives. This realization awakens you to the very idea that you have just one life here and now and it is imperative that you make it the best it can be. You are called inspire, to change the world you live in and it is only then that you create meaning in your life.

Our afterlife exists in the lives of those we will have inspired while in this life. It is our duty to create a legacy. I think the stronger the impact of our legacy, the longer we will live.

In conclusion, as Camus ably said, the absurd life requires revolt not suicide. Go on and live your life. create meaning, make positive impressions and be happy.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

3 thoughts on “Meaning of life

  1. […] Here I had written on the meaning of life as a review of A. Camus book the Myth of Sisyphus. In this book, Camus argues life is absurd and meaningless. He further says man finding his life absurd should not commit suicide but must revolt. An absurd life calls for revolt not suicide. […]


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  3. […] and here are reflections I have written about meaning of life. I think anyone who claims that without god, […]


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