The first question most people will find themselves asking is “Why am I alive?” or “What is the meaning of life?” In my journeys and conversations I usually come across three types of people. The first are those who ask it but are not preoccupied with it because they are doing so many things that they don’t have time to ponder it. The second group of people are those who ask it, do care, but find an answer in something like religion or science. The last group are those who care but can’t really come to any conclusive answer.
In the case of religion the meaning usually comes down to something involving God usually worship or appeasement. In the case of science it comes down to a functional definition, the meaning of life is self-explanatory it is to live and living doesn’t necessarily have any specific purpose outside of self-perpetuation (survival). This question seemed to be difficult because in many cases the question people actually want to know is the answer to is what is the meaning of their life and the answer they usually arrive at is one that satisfies this, but leaves the greater question unanswered.
To really resolve this question and to arrive at some higher quality answer then 42, I realized I would need to look at several different questions, then try to find the underlying concepts. The first place I looked was science. The answer I arrived at would later become my concept of Elolight.
Science is based around the question and hypothesis. Over the past several hundred years we have really sky rocketed in terms of understanding function. Through are understanding of function we have been able to modify and reapply the things we have learned to benefit us in fundamental ways. We have also discovered concepts such as evolution, which have further complicated our once simple philosophies of the universe. We can now instantly communicate across the world, fly through sky, and recently we are regrowing organs for transplants. We are on a direct route to curing aging, but when it comes to the question there is something science lacks.
Imagine for a moment you asked me, “What is the purpose of your car?” and I replied, “Well a car is powered by an engine, and the engine turns the wheels. The wheels allow the whole unit to move forward.” You would rightly become very frustrated with me because the question I am answering is not what the purpose of the car is, but what is the function. Now function can help deduce purpose but only when the question of functionality is followed by an additional question which is, “Why does anything need to function?”
When most people start seeking and asking questions they will encounter religion through one of its adherents, or through direct study. The belief someone ultimately chooses is a combination of environment and race variables (which missionary can get there first). The person will be then put into a heroic state where they will be informed that their questions were designed and destined to lead them to the point they are now at, and that making a choice of religion is a valiant and difficult one. Where in reality the cultural and societal benefits of joining a religion far outweigh the benefits of not being apart of one. Humans generally have an instinctual drive to conform to groups of majority with the largest reward. The primary reward for adhering to a belief system is the promise of life extension (usually eternal).
What is interesting is that when most people join a religion, the religious directives over take the initial questions. The meaning of life become a non-issue and instead the purpose or meaning of everything else gets pulled into sharper focus. The meaning of life becomes about pleasing an ultimate ideal. The question changes from what is the meaning of life to, “How should I properly function?”
The two questions I was left with were why does anything need to function? and How should I properly function?
Why does anything need to function?
The universe functions despite our questions, we function regardless of our questions; we eat, sleep, and live. However our functioning revolves around one primary purpose, survival. Everything we do, and everything leading up to this point has revolved around our survival. Even religion has flourished by assuring followers of their continued survival, even after death. So survival is a primary directive for us, and this purpose is what has given us the drive to do a lot of the things we hold great, so from this we can derive the following.
1. We want to survive
2. Survival is a driving force behind our existence
3. Survival is good
However, everything that can help us survive is capable of exceeding the basic need to survive. For instance, while knowledge of your surroundings would help us survive, further knowledge regarding the climate and atmosphere on a foreign planet would not. Therefore, we can deduce that core items that can contribute to our survival can far exceed our current needs to what would almost appear as superfluous, unless we are destined to survive elsewhere as well.
This brings us to the next question.
How should we function?
Religion often gives a list and an explanation of how we should function, whether it is following an example or following a list of rules it aims to make us better as people (usually). However, it is also does something very important it defines what could become in the concept of God. So the answer to this question is that how we should function, or rather how we would like to function is like God.
What is the meaning of life?
This brings us to the ultimate question, and based on the previous questions we can arrive at answer.
1. Survival is a primary directive
2. The traits that go into ultimate survival can exceed our current environments
3. Therefore we are destined to survive beyond our world
In addition by analyzing religion we can see that
1. We have a belief in an ultimate idealistic entity
2. We believe we can act in similar ways to this entity by following rules
3. We want to survive forever in the same way the ultimate idealistic entity survives
All this points to one thing and that is Ascension or as I call it Elolight. It encompasses everything we have ever held important in our lives from basic survival, to gaining knowledge, to exceeding our current selves. This is what we are all working towards whether we embrace it or not, every single branch of humanity represents the strive towards an ultimate trait which that branch embodies. Whether it is science, art, or anthropology we are all working towards an ultimate goal; we don’t have a choice in this matter, the only choice is how quickly arrive at the destination.