on the big questions


What is life

Most religions claim to have an answer to the ‘big’ questions of life; is the universe finite or infinite, where did life originate, what happens after we die, do we have a soul separate from our physical bodies and many more questions people consider as ‘big’ or important. Whether this claim is true, I leave it to you to decide.

I think as Buddha many years ago observed, these questions are at best irrelevant. We need to concern ourselves with living this one life we have here and now. This by far I think is the most important thing. We must live a full life. Don’t misunderstand me, I love all the work scientists in different fields have put into answering these questions. Here, am addressing the man on the street who has no idea what the 1st Law of Thermodynamics is ( I also don’t know) and telling him/ her to live life fully.  Am imploring you to live a life of compassion, to value your life and the lives of those around you and most of all to accept the eventuality of death that awaits all of us. I am forever hopeful, that if not in our time then in my daughter’s and grand children’s time, the answers to these questions and others yet to be formulated will be found. There is every reason to believe this; Bruno, Galileo, Einstein, Darwin and others before and after them have provided us with answers that have challenged most of the old claims advanced by theists and as we acquire more knowledge of our universe and continue research into all this areas, answers will definitely be found.

To get back to where we started, I want to posit a question in an attempt to deal with the above questions. To this end, I will use an example to get to my point. My question then is; is it of importance to you go when you go to a restaurant/ cafe to want to know from which coffee plant, who harvested the coffee bean  and who roasted it or will just enjoy the coffee and its sweet aroma (that’s if you get good coffee) when served? If your answer to this question is similar to mine, then just enjoy the coffee. We can look at life in the same prism, and make each moment count.

The theists claim of having definite answers to these or any other question can’t be taken seriously until they adduce evidence to support their claims.

About makagutu

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

4 thoughts on “on the big questions

  1. Nowhere Man says:

    We may get closer and closer to infinite knowledge but I don’t think we’ll ever achieve it. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Things would get boring rather quickly if all of the secrets of the universe were to instantly reveal themselves. Because it’s the question that drives us. So, it’s okay to not have all of the answers. It’s part of what makes us human.

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  2. We will never know “everything”. The most intelligent men of every age have admitted as much; most famously, Socrates’ said, “I know that I know nothing”. We certainly won’t know everything as individuals, and collectively we don’t fare much better, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

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