We’re all dying, that’s not a lie,
Each with an individual hourglass,
Counting down their time,
Their sunsets and their dawns,
Slipping away like sand in fingers,
Grappling, grabbing, gone,
And another is filled,
Another hourglass begins,
Another life to build,
Ying and Yang,
Good and evil,
When one dies the others sang,
For death is not the end,
As a new life has began.
Sunsets were beautiful because no one understood them. People gaped in awe of the miraculous colours dancing upon their faces or peaking through trees or sneaking through the window and brightening a room.
Now, sunsets are still beautiful – but in a different way. Now its existence no longer mystifies us, instead reminds us. A sunset is a constant reminder of how small we are. A sunset speaks to use, warning us, “your planet is turning, turning through space, and yet you fret over the minuscule subjects instead of enjoying the miracle of life, for that is one mystery you are yet to solve” Science is not destroying our mysteries and beauties, it is creating more. A sunset is no longer confusing but appreciated. Embrace the new way of science, for it is the only lead we have to find out why we’re here. If we stop now, we may never know.
The Declarations of Human Rights was established in 1948, it was mainly based upon the fact that everyone should be treated as humans and everyone should have freedoms. Freedoms include freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press- which is a freedom all bloggers use. The main freedom, though, is free will. Free will means you have the freedom to choose.
Humans, however, are made up of billions upon billions of particles, and particles all obey the natural laws of physics such as Newton’s law of movement. Surely if we are made up of particles that obey laws, we, as humans, obey the laws as well. This means that we do not have free will as particles do not have free will. If this is true, human decisions are determined by influences in the world around them. Some scientists believe that the brain tricked itself into believing it had the freedom to choose. As the Independent says, “The idea that human beings trick themselves into believing in free will was laid out in a paper by psychologists Dan Wegner and Thalia Wheatley nearly 20 years ago. They proposed the feeling of wanting to do something was real, but there may be no connection between the feeling and actually doing it.”.
So next time you decide something, think, was that free will? Or the brain tricking itself into believing that we have the freedom of choice.
The meaning of life has been debated since humans developed a conscience and ability to ask the question “why?”. Religions such as Hinduism and Christianity prioritise being a good person and having good karma or getting into heaven as the meaning of life- but does that apply to all? Some Christians believe that anybody can get into heaven as long as they’ve been a good person, however, some argue that you can only achieve heaven if you are in fact a Christian. But the question still remains- is there a “universal”meaning of life?
By “universal” I mean “applies to everyone”, or “applies to everything that’s alive”. If, however, you say that everyone’s meaning of life is to “find love” or “start a family” you are immediately excluding those who identify as aromantic or asexual and those who cannot reproduce or never found love. It is impossible to find a meaning that fits everyone without “painting everyone with the same brush”. This includes plants and animals because surely the meaning life must apply to everything that is alive?
In my opinion, the “universal” meaning of life is to strive to create your own. I don’t personally believe that there is a meaning to life, I don’t think that there has to be. Despite this, however, I don’t think people should “sit on their hands” and wait for the meaning of life to hit them in the face because they’ll realise it will never come. I believe that you must be who you want, because in the end it’s your life, you are in control. Make it how you like it.