We always want to know even if it wont do us any good. Human Knowledge actually run the world, our knowledge make us who we are and distinct one from another. Each one of us has his own answer when it comes to the meaning of life because everybody are based on their knowledge and their experience in life, I personally am from a Christian family so when it comes to the meaning of life my answer was love, forgiveness, faith those are visibly the basic steps that you must follow in order to be called a Christian, but my answer would have been way different from the answer of someone coming from a different background, culture and religion.
What your parents teach you while you are a kid stick with you and will probably come out when someone ask you what is the meaning of life when you are a kid, but as you grow up you start learning and experiencing thing, thats exactly when your answer to what the meaning of life start changing . Knowledge is the beginning of the meaning of life, because the more you know the more things start making sense to you and the more life start having a meaning. Who knows!
My answer of what the meaning of life might be different than the one I am giving out today because I still have a lot to go through even if I dont know how long will I be living . Well known philosophers such as Socrates and Plato believed that our purpose in life was to gain knowledge in preparation for the next life. Other Philosophers such as Epicurus believed that pleasure is the main goal in life. After giving these ideas lots of thought, I have come to my own conclusion that the true meaning of life is far more complex than either of these; far too complex for any human to fully understand.
In fact these two different philosophies are only part of the big picture or maybe not. If it were that easy for men to figure out, our lives wouldnt be so messed up right now. According to Epicurus, pleasure was the meaning of life. His ideas of life were completely opposite of Plato. Epicurus, in my opinion was a little bit naive and narrow minded in his view on the subject. He should have say that the meaning of life was the constantly seek of pleasure and betterment of yourself until the end of your existence, but whatever thats his personal opinion about the meaning of life that I cannot argue.
Socrates and Plato you can tell were obviously the smartest of the philosophers back then in my opinion and according to their point of view on the subject in matter you can tell they have a kind of religious background because they had to mention the afterlife. Even though I decided to say that the meaning of life is knowledge and experience, I also believe that there is greater being out there that give the ability to have knowledge and that oversee our actions. By reading what I just said it seems like I will end up saying GOD is the meaning of life but no.
the meaning of life is a really complex subject. We all have a personal answer when it comes to the meaning of life, but I believe the answer of the meaning of life is deeper than what we think and will be entirely answered overtime. I think our knowledge gives a little push to the knowledge of the people that lived before us and will add up to the knowledge of the future generation to help answer the big question whats the meaning of life? Experience and knowledge in my opinion is a small part of the big cake and the rest of it will be or might be answer in the afterlife.