The Universal Meaning of Life

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.

A Pessimist’s Anthem

What good is living when you’re practically dead?What good are morals when all we do is guess?

What good are morals when all we do is guess?

What good are priests’ speeches, When all they have said,

Have been reused over and over again?

What good is listening to your heart over your head,

When your heart’s just a muscle beating in your chest?

What good is waking up when you could just lie in bed?

What good is living when you’re already dead?

My Playlist

  1.  Moving to New York- The Wombats

2. Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) – The Wombats

3. Let’s Dance to Joy Division- The Wombats

4. Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis

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5. Ruby- Kaiser Chiefs

6. Naive – The Kooks

7. Mr. Brightside- The Killers

8. Somebody Told Me- The Killers

9. Use Somebody- Kings of Leon

10. By the Way- Red Hot Chili Peppers

11. When You Were Young- The Killers

12. Always- Blink 182

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13. Drops of Jupiter- Train

14. Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall

15. You’re Gonna go Far, Kid- The Offspring

16. Boy Done Good- The Fratellis

17. Check Yes, Juliet- We the Kings

18. Fake My Own Death- Sum 41

19. Jaime All Over- Mayday Parade

20. All You are is History – State Champs

21. Dark Necessities- Red Hot Chili Peppers

22. Everyday I love you Less and Less – Kaiser Chiefs

23. Hey, Soul Sister- Train

24. I Predict a Riot- The Kaiser Cheifs

“You’re a Regular Decorated Emergency”

“You’re a regular decorated emergency” is a quote from the American, alternative rock band Panic! At the Disco, more specifically written by the former lead guitarist Ryan Ross on their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005. The song it’s from is called Camisado, which means a surprise attack in military terms. Though the song is often forgotten and overshadowed on the album by more commercially successful songs such as I Write Sins Not Tragedies, it is definitely one of my favourites.

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I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Lab

I really like the quote because I feel it expresses a person being “fake” or “overrated” but by using a clever metaphor. Personally, I feel Ross had a way with words and the songs he has written express that. Other quotes from his songs are “just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of A) Indifference or B) Disinterest in what the critiques say” (London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines) and “I’m the new cancer, never looked better, you can’t stand it, Because you say so under your breath, You’re reading lips “When did he get all confident?”” (There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Labelled Honey I Just Haven’t Thought of it Yet).

But I really like Camisado and that quote. I feel like it describes how I feel toward some people so perfectly. They’re and emergency, but a regular kind.  The term borders on contradiction because you are left wondering “how can an emergency be described as regular”. Then the song goes on to mention that said person is “decorated” meaning they’ve made out that they’re something more elaborate than they are. Much similar to that of a Christmas tree. A Christmas tree is just a regular pine tree, but when decorated it becomes a “special” tree.

 

 

A Poem For You

Feminism,

Equalism,

Whatever you wish to name it,

We’re all fighting the same battle,

The battle for rights,

Gay rights,

Black rights,

Women’s rights,

Muslim’s rights,

Transgender rights,

 

HUMAN RIGHTS,

 

Because we’re all human, right?

 

Shot because of who you love,

Shot because of how you look,

Shot because you were born like that,

Shot because you’re ascociated with them,

Shot because you want people to use your name,

Your pronouns,

Shot because expressing yourself isn’t allowed,

Shot because you can’t change that about yourself,

Shot because you were having fun,

Riding a bike,

At a club in Orlando,

Shot because you’re wearing what you wanted,

Shot because you wanted the toilet,

Because you wanted respect,

 

Because we’re treating everyone like humans, right?

 

Slavery abolished: 1866

Equal Pay Act: 1970,

Sex Discrimination Act: 1975,

Race Relations Act: 1976,

Disability Discrimination Act: 1995

Religion or Belief Regulations: 2003,

Sexual Orientation Regulations: 2003,

The Equality Act: 2010

 

 

And it still happening.

And we still have to fight,

Fight for basic human rights,

Human rights established 27 years ago,