What is the point of life? What is the purpose of living if a minuscule virus can bring the entire world to a standstill? The answer may be a bit complicated, unsatisfactory and often unrewarding.
Is life purposeless?
How can we live in this era of coronavirus? Yes, we can wear masks, wash our hands, stay home, maintain social distancing and what not. But is this all that there is to life? Surviving? What is the point of life if it is so delicate and frail? Before I start sounding more depressive, let me try to answer these questions that are bluntly staring at us right now.
The first step to understand the purpose of life is to stop asking yourself “What is the point of life?” The point of life is to live and simply be. “You see, the point of life is living. No need to make it any more complicated than that. No need to achieve a certain level of knowledge and understanding. No need to chase particular goals or dreams” writes Steve Phillips-Waller, author and founder of A Conscious Rethink. He adds “All you have to do is find a way to stop placing so much emphasis on the need to do something, be someone, or feel something.”
It all sounds good in theory, but how do you “live” when there is a global pandemic going around? Although living might be a bit hard to do right now, the key to living life is to live in the present moment in every moment.
Life is fragile
Have you ever seen someone die? “Have you ever had to deal with a chronic disease slowly taking away a beloved one?,” asks shaman and author Rudá Iandê. It’s one thing to look at the coronavirus statistics, it’s a whole different experience to lose someone you love. Death has a unique effect on us. And when you experience the death of a loved one, it changes you forever. This is exactly when you ask yourself – “What is the point of life?”
“We all lose people we’re close to if we stick around long enough ourselves. This is an inconvenient truth of life. There is a fragility to it,” explains author and entrepreneur Carl Phillips. Life offers no guarantees. There is no scheduled amount of time that you have in your hands. There is no way to know how long you or your loved ones will live. But that’s the point. It’s because we don’t know how long we have to spend with our loved ones, we need to spend every available moment as positively as possible. Sharing our innermost feelings and thoughts. Experiencing and enjoying life at this moment. However, it’s easier said than done.
Death is always a looming factor that can come in the way and affect us deeply. So what is the point of life? To live in the present moment. Death is inevitable. But until it’s here, we can live as much as we want to. And it has nothing to do with success or money. Phillips adds “Facing up to the fragility of life can be scary. It can also be empowering. It can help us hold onto a perspective that supports us living a life rich with positive experiences. It can leave us with a conviction to make the most of our days.”
What is the point of life?
So what is the purpose of life if we suddenly end up dead anyways? The purpose of death is to live a full life and die with no regrets. But the problem with death is that it comes with certain uncertainty. Rudá Iandê writes “We fear death not only because it threatens our survival. We fear it because it puts in check the meaning of all our dreams and purposes. Death puts in to check our most basic reasons for living.”