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    ening of lifeFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search

    For other uses, seeMeaning of life (disambiguation).

    Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, one ofPost-ImpressionistPaul Gauguin's most famous paintings

    The meaning of life is aphilosophicalquestion concerning thesignificanceoflifeorexistencein general. It can also be expressed indifferent forms, such as "Why are we here?", "What is life all about?", and"What is the purpose of existence?" It has been the subject of muchphilosophical,scientific, andtheologicalspeculation throughout history.There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questionsfrom many differentculturalandideologicalbackgrounds.

    The meaning of life is in the philosophical and religious conceptions ofexistence,social ties,consciousness, andhappiness, and borders onmany other issues, such assymbolic meaning,ontology,value, purpose,ethics,good and evil,free will, theexistence of one or multiple Gods,conceptions of God, thesoul, and theafterlife. Scientific contributionsfocus primarily on describing relatedempiricalfactsabout theuniverse,exploring the context and parameters concerning the 'how' of life. Sciencealso studies and can provide recommendations for thepursuit of well-beingand a relatedconception of morality. An alternative,humanisticapproachposes the question "What is the meaning of mylife?" The value of the

    question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with theachievement ofultimate reality, or a feeling ofoneness, or even a feelingofsacredness.

    Contents [hide]1 Questions

    2 Western philosophical perspectives

    2.1 Ancient Greek philosophy

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    2.2 Enlightenment philosophy2.3 19th century philosophy

    2.4 20th century philosophy

    3 East Asian philosophy

    3.1 Mohism

    3.2 Confucianism3.3 Legalism

    4 Religious perspectives

    4.1 Western religions

    4.2 South Asian religions

    4.3 East Asian religions

    5 Scientific inquiry and perspectives

    5.1 Psychological significance and value in life

    5.2 Origin and nature of biological life

    5.3 Origins and ultimate fate of the universe

    5.4 Scientific questions about the mind5.5 Physical health

    6 In popular culture

    7 Popular views

    7.1 To realize one's potential and ideals

    7.2 To achieve biological perfection

    7.3 To seek wisdom and knowledge

    7.4 To do good, to do the right thing

    7.5 Meanings relating to religion

    7.6 To love, to feel, to enjoy the act of living

    7.7 To have power, to be better

    7.8 Life has no meaning

    7.9 One should not seek to know and understand themeaning of life

    7.10 Life is bad

    8 See also

    9 References

    10 External links

    Questions

    Questions about the meaning of life have been expressed in a broad

    variety of ways, including the following:

    What is the meaning of life?What's it all about?Who are we?[1][2][3]

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    Philosopher in Meditation (detail) byRembrandt Why are we here?What are we here for?[4][5][6] What is the origin of life?[7] What is the nature of life?What is the nature of reality?[7][8][9] What is the purpose of life?What is the purpose of one's life?[8][10][11] What is the significance of life?[11] see also Psychological significance

    and value in life

    What is meaningful and valuable in life?[12] What is thevalue of life?[13] What is the reason to live?What are we living for?[6][14]Th

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