This is just a rant that is an ongoing theme in my life. I have always wondered as to what is the meaning of life.
On one level I understand that life is meant to be lived and imposing more meaning to it then that is a method of building my own self importance.
Is life the quest for genetic immortality? if so I need to really get busy because my genetic offspring have not yet continued that quest, which means I need to get cracking and the wife would not like that. Honey - it is a biological imperative. Nope - that would be a quick end to my quest as life would be much shorter.
Is there a higher purpose to life? I feel that those who have strong religious beliefs are perhaps buoyed by those beliefs and it helps them to make sense out of a non-sensical world. My own path has been one of rejection of all organized beliefs and I believe in spirituality without a need for anything else. I also belief that morality is situational and that there maybe a time where it is okay to kill or steal based on the circumstances. A lot of my feelings and beliefs were crystallized when I read a book call Buddhism: Plan and Simple by Steve Hagen. Many of my other beliefs have been shattered by reading anything by Garth Ennis.
Is life just meant to be a relatively hedonist approach? I have often said that the meaning of life is to enjoy yourself as much as possible and do as little harm to others. It is clean and simple, but ultimately self-centered. In that thought where is duty to family, friends, country or humanity to play a role. Of course if I was rich the hedonistic approach would be damn tempting.
Then many of my thoughts also centered on what the hell have I done with my life? Have I done enough to make a difference in the world? Have I made every effort to leave a better place then I inherited? The headache here is that no matter what I have done, I could always have done more. I had a boss tell me I had unlimited potential and I said I guess that means I could always have done the job better.
My intense dissatisfaction and questioning the meaning of life is only fueled by the lack of leadership we have in this world. The Globalism that we are moving to may ultimately lead us to a better place, but right now I do not see the Star Trek future or Legion of Super Heroes (first series) future that I want to be moving towards. Right now I see our government (especially the Senate and the Presidency) all being a bunch of globalists, believing in one world order. This is being driven by the multi-national corporations who believe that by having cheap and free flowing labor they can make enormous profits and draw more wealth and control to themselves. The future that I see us building is a group of elites (maybe 10%-15%) ruling over a group of working poor. Now the trick will be to make sure the masses have enough bread and circuses to keep them from revolting, but otherwise a large peasant class. Corporations are soulless entities that are driven by profit motives and group decision making. The group decision making allows no responsibility to fall to any individual member making the decision and therefore the moral consequences of any action is not considered. I believe the corporate structure as it exist today controls much of the political system and needs to be overhauled. Corporations as they exist today are essentially anti-people.
A large digression from the beginning of this rant, but it is part of what fuels my dissatisfaction for what our world has become.
Still I will remain active in fighting to change the world and my backing of Ron Paul is one element of that fight.
The good thing to know is that right now the internet is the freest voice and most independent and open forum left to the world and hopefully we will find a way to join enough like minded people to take back our government and work to build Metropolis and start up the Federation.
Of course this post points out the danger of having a blog and it probably as introspective a post as you will see from me. Tomorrow back to our regularly scheduled discussion of the true meaning of life - comic books.