The true meaning of life is that we are
put here for a short time to live life to its fullest. In the
grand scheme of things the universe has existed for billions of
years before us and will continue to exist for billions of years
after us. We are given a gift of a microcosm of the whole
shebang and at the same time the responsibility to do something
with that small piece of existence. Each of us has the
unrestricted autonomy to determine our own path in the universe
and to determine for ourselves what it means to live life to its
fullest. For some that may mean spending all their waking hours
at work in the office to the detriment of family and community.
For others, that may mean deep involvement in altruistic causes
or the arts. And for others still, that may mean taking drugs
or engaging in some other form of self destruction. For me, I
see life as an adventure and a educational experience. Everything
I do is an educational adventure, a new discovery of myself and
the world around me. All of my experience, whether I succeed
or fail, whether I gain or lose, is a part of the adventure. I
take it in; I live it; I feel it. A possible implication here
is that there is no such thing as true success or failure. There
is only a continuum of life. Our successes and failures will have
little impact on the grand scheme of the universe. If that's true,
what is there for our edification besides the adventure? There is
love. We live on love. We live to love others; we live to be
loved. Nothing is more important to me than the people in my life
who I love and who love me. I'm blessed with a caring wife and
three wonderful children.
I'm blessed to be part of a large family
(Dworkin | Kaplan)
who, in spite of occasional disagreements, still remain close and available
for each other. I'm blessed to live in a community where everyone
cares for everyone else. What more could I want?
I am co-founder of Shamash with Avrum Goodblatt.
...and still counting!