What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of life? This question has puzzled the human race for about as long as it has existed. This begs the question, if no-one has thought of an answer by now, no-one including geniuses such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, then why ask a fourteen year old boy? The answer to that is simple, I am a complete and utter genius, a “super genius” if you will. Of course this idea is quite laughable, and the real reason one might perhaps ask me is to evaluate my understanding of the following:

ó Where am I going?

ó Different philosophies of life

ó Why some people are religious

ó What makes someone religious

ó Why Catholics are religious

ó Can a person be Christian just by being good

ó How Catholics find meaning and purpose

ó Vocation

ó And so on and so on….

Personally I think there is no meaning to life and life is what you make of it, but that is not the answer that is expected of me, in fact the answer expected of me is probably along the lines of this…

What is the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of life? Everyone has wondered about the answer to this question at some point in their lives, in fact this question builds the bases of a mid-life crises. At about forty men and women start going, “what’s the point, who cares anymore? What IS the meaning of life?” whether this is true or not I wouldn’t know, never having experienced a mid-life crises myself, being, as I mentioned earlier, only fourteen. Nevertheless, it is an important question. Now before I inform you of my “revised” opinion of this question, let’s first take a look at other people’s views.

Being as there are a wide variety of people on this planet there are a wide variety of answers to this question. These range from ‘the meaning of life is to become a insert name of cult, religion, organisation etc here}’ to ‘the meaning of life is to eat your own foot’. The question then is which one is right. The answer to that question is, they all are… okay, maybe not, but they are all right in the individual mind of each person who created that singular answer, this is also not true but it is a very good lie. However if you yourself have no answer to this question then you are likely to come under one of the following: Existentialist, Humanist, Materialistic, Nihilist or Religious.

These are the main philosophies of life, existentialism being the a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one\'s acts. Humanism being a philosophy that centres on humans and their values, capacities, and worth. Materialism being the philosophy that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life. Nihilism being the rejection of all distinctions in moral or religious value and a willingness to repudiate all previous theories of morality or religious belief. And finally religious which is having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity. It is of course possible to come under more of one of the above. There, you now know what you are, happy? No, of course your not, you want to know more don’t you? Okay, fine…Why would someone become religious? That’s a good question.

Well the answer to this for most people is surprisingly easy, because they have no choice, they where baptised before they could even talk. But what about adults who get baptised? I hear you cry, well okay, I don’t because I’m sure you’re a) not that sad, and b) I can’t hear you…but anyway, why would someone become religious of their own free will? This could happen for two reasons, okay, three: One) They suddenly decide its their vocation, their calling and go out to become religious because they feel like it, Two) They need some sort of forgiveness or absolution because they’ve done something wrong, and Three) By accident, you know the sort of thing, you get really drunk and wake