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Nathanael Garrett Novosel, February 19 2020

Why There's No Grand Meaning Revealed at the End of Life

A lot of people wonder why purpose doesn't culminate or present a "grand reveal" at the end of life.  Why, they might ask, does the end of life seem anti-climactic and devoid of meaning?

Well, the answer is—other than the fact that life doesn't work like a movie—pretty straightforward.  The meaning of life is to grow, and so when your life is ending, you stop growing.  People will debate what happens when you die (as usual, let’s assume for the sake of argument that it’s either you are gone forever or you go somewhere else in a non-physical form), so it is possible that you continue growing in a non-physical form and/or return later in a new physical form to continue that growth as a new organism.  However, the meaning is in the growth, so it doesn’t magically appear at the end but is in the activities you perform throughout your lifetime.

If you want to work this question out for yourself, here are a couple of fun exercises that will help you see how your sense of meaning, purpose, and accomplishment are derived:

Meaning is unique to you and something you give to your life by caring. It won’t magically come to you at the end because it’s something you give to it throughout your life with your thoughts, words, decisions, and actions.  Choose to have meaning, and you will have it.

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