The Puzzle of Life

Life is littered with a multi-headed mystery to try to solve by the end.

Yes, as I continue to age nearer and nearer to the ultimate darkness at the end of my story of life, I am using everything in my considerable experience and acquired wisdom to solve several key questions.

Here are the key questions.

  1. Have I lived a life that makes me worthy? (Worthy of what doesn’t really matter.)
  2. Is the world going to survive long after my life is over? (By which I mean life on Earth, particularly human life.)
  3. Does anyone really deserve love? (Particularly me.)
  4. What is destiny? And what does luck have to do with it? (As one of the unluckiest people ever, this concerns me.)
  5. What is true? (This is a big one.)

So, my plan is to write 5 essays. I will try to solve all of these big philosophical questions in a 500-word essay each. I know that makes me sound like an idealistic idiot. But, realistically, I know that may be a the answer to 4 out of the 5 questions.

Yes, I am putting puzzle pieced together in front of a haunted house while naked in winter.

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2 responses to “The Puzzle of Life

  1. Hmmm…

    1) Have I lived a life that makes me worthy? (Worthy of what doesn’t really matter.)

    Everyone who is alive is “worthy.”

    2) Is the world going to survive long after my life is over? (By which I mean life on Earth, particularly human life.)

    I have no doubt. We are worse than rats when comes to staying alive.

    3) Does anyone really deserve love? (Particularly me.)

    Nobody deserves anything automatically. But if you have love, you probably deserved it.. Whether one is loved is not their own decision.

    4) What is destiny? And what does luck have to do with it? (As one of the unluckiest people ever, this concerns me.)

    I see no evidence of free will, though it certainly “feels” like it exists. It may be that we are like a ball in a pachinko machine. Impossible to tell where a ball will ultimately fall but in reality it had its path determined from the instant it was launched. Chaos rules what we see, yet everything is deterministic on a level below our awareness.

    5) What is true? (This is a big one.)

    Has been proven that mathematical truth cannot be known without making a priori assumptions. (Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.) Since those assumptions (axioms) can never be proven nor disproven, ultimate truth cannot be known. I apply that to life in general, so I don’t worry about it. More concerned by how accurately my perceptions match reality. Creatures whose perceptions matched reality closer had a better chance of surviving over the eons, so I figure that accurate perception is at least possible.

  2. Wow! That answers everything. Now I have nothing to write about for a week. Oh, well, I have never let that stop me before.

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