What is the reason for our existence?
- We’re here to help others. Nothing has a meaning unless it is shared with people. Helping others is the only way to do meaningful things. Anything and everything in the history of mankind can be discussed in terms of how it has helped other people.
- We’re here to maximize our happiness. Helping others is the key to generating mutual happiness. Every individual has a mission to primarily help themselves in being happy and secondarily help everyone around them.
- We’re here to find an equilibrium. In the bigger picture we’re here to make the world a better place for everybody. That means the meaning of life is not to keep growing exponentially. Happiness derived from exponential growth will eventually collapse.
Combining these thoughts, I have written my definition for the meaning of life as follows:
The meaning of life is to make yourself happy by making other people happy and in a way that the result is genuine, not temporary.
Who could disagree with any of this?