a philosophy of life
I went outside of myself to find the meaning of my life and I found it inside and outside of me: the meaning of life is to find, choose, and make meaning. The better life is the continuing creation of the useful and good. Being an active participant in and expander of life.
Here is where I am:
I do not think we can do more than to live life robustly, to have our meaning be to find, and add to, the good.
We each have a fundamental belief about how life operates. About who we are, and what we are about. It is our organizing principle. Yours, dear reader, might be the prime importance of your biological family, your friends, your loved ones or your tribe; your religious or spiritual belief; the importance of money, success in a sport; your personal and continuous experience of happiness and joy as essential; the necessity of competition, that there must always be winners and losers; it could be keeping disease-free, how your look; your identity as an intellectual or an artist; your belief that there is really no point in life, that it is just a game of chance; some combinations of these or something else. This principle, this center of meaning which you have chosen unconsciously and (possibly) consciously for yourself, forms your bedrock belief. It is on that belief, that organizing principle, that you have built your life.
Do you like your organizing belief? Is your prime directive good and useful over the long haul?
I have one too. Mine is that more useful and good are possible. That our individual and collective experiences of life can be better. That I can/ do help others in finding their bedrock belief.
My belief can help you in yours.
I believe that there is more to life than only the material. That our existence, and Life itself, includes the material, that the material matters, is existent and real and is also transitory; and that there is more than only that which we can see, touch, or measure. Life is material, frequently seen, often touchable, yes; and it is also what we might call spiritual. It is also that which binds us all together. Which makes/ causes/ allows the physical to work. We can know more of it but not, I think, all of it.
The material is the relatively fixed-end result of the spiritual, that is, of the greater mind, the corporate human mind, and the individual mind. The material is on, is one end of the continuum, which has as its origin and continuing creative engine the mind. A continuum which circles around like a möibus strip and reinforces and creates itself in a trans-logical loop.
I also believe that everyone's life can improve. Your life can be more personally fulfilling; it can better serve goodness in the world.
There is more good in this life available in and for each of us. This includes you. Your situation at a given point in time might suck, yes. But that does not mean your life, overall, needs to be a tortuous feat of survival. Joy is sometimes available even in difficult or dire situations. It can be found by those who allow it, who create it, who have learned to cultivate it. I am not promising an always, or an always easy, life or joy. I am suggesting that happiness and joy can be experienced more frequently. That a greater knowing of peace, and your place in this world, of meaning, can come.
"There is more good" is a process of search-and-find. I personally work from the perspectives which particularly interest me: stories. Stories found from that which I experience, others experience, science, the Bible, the pragmatic, history, and science fiction/ science fantasy/ fantasy, and business; you will have your own.
Search knowing there is more good and you will find it.
A photo of a sunset in Thousand Oaks, CA. Replete with symbolism.