Have you ever felt that you are doing the exact same thing day in and day out with little or no change of activity whatsoever? Have you ever thought by yourself while caught in a traffic jam “this is surely not what life is about, working, eating and sleeping”? This dilemma is something familiar to 90% of the population, we have become so conditioned with a daily routine from a young age, that when you find someone doing something completely different and out of the norm, it is frowned upon. I like to call this routine rut something I have been playing around with for some time now known as: Box Living.
Typical box living, in my opinion, is humans running from one box (being a responsibility/activity) to another box in a 24-hour period trying to distribute time evenly amongst them and then they are very proud and feel somewhat accomplished when they apparently “balance” everything out, because ultimately that is what society expects of you. This way of living is causing more and more people to be overworked, exhausted, unproductive and literally almost slaves to the concrete, corporate jungle. Not only does this behaviour result in poor human health but it also has detrimental effects on the psychological side of a human.
Why do we allow ourselves to become “slaves” of everyday life, why do we allow ourselves to be “boxed-in”? Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? I spoke to quite a few people and very few of them really understood the question and asked me what I meant. You can see that they think about it and start realizing that they do not know what the meaning of life is, others again said things like it is about unconditional love, forgiveness and family. My personal opinion of life is to grow yourself as a person to be the best version of yourself. I guess it is a question with no right or wrong answer.
I have done some research to see what educated people say about this: Viktor Frankl, a neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, wrote in his memoir Man’s Search for Meaning “…therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning of life in a general way.” The meaning of life possibly comes from three sources: purposeful work, love and facing difficulty.
Neil Degrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and science communicator, has quite an interesting view on this topic and he says that the meaning of life differs for every person. It is not something you look for and find somewhere; it is about doing something (whether it is to learn a new skill, rituals, and having compassion for people) or creating something that allows you to enrich your own life and possibly the lives of others. Have a look at the link: http://www.businessinsider.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-meaning-life-2016-4.
This concept is quite a debatable topic worldwide, mainly because it means different things to different people depending on your frame of reference. It is an exciting topic to write about, it is controversial and many people have different opinions.
After all the meaning of life is to enrich your own life, not to merely survive through every day – learn something new, experience fine dining, collect wine, look at the stars, smell the flowers but most importantly have an open mind towards controversial topics in life and learn from the opinions and experiences of others.
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” – Joseph Campbell