Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 3 2020

5 Incorrect Conclusions About the Meaning of Life

Because the meaning of life has been asked by billions of people, dozens and dozens of conclusions have been drawn about what it is for them and for society. While meaning is personal and unique to each individual, many people have come to conclusions about what the meaning of life is for all humans or all life on Earth. The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life’s purpose analyzes the question to show that we can objectively, logically, and scientifically conclude that the meaning of life—i.e., its definition, purpose, and significance—is to grow. That said, there are several incorrect conclusions that people seem to be able to logically derive but have a few flaws in the thinking.

Below are five of the most popular conclusions and why they do not hold up under scrutiny:

As you can see, it is pretty clear why these five conclusions are so common—depending on how you’re looking at life, they could be logical conclusions. They do not hold up under scrutiny, however, as they are all either supporting components of a growth-centric theory of meaning or incorrect conclusions that people might come to if they misconstrue a point from a famous philosophy.

Find the growth areas that matter to you, pursue experiences that will get you there, and master your desires, beliefs, emotions, ethics, ability to leverage/provide support, and decision making to optimize your growth in life. You will die, you will be happy, you will follow ethics, you will help others, and you may suffer, but those are not the point of life. Live to grow (and help others grow), and you will find your meaning in life.

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Nathanael Garrett Novosel


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