About the meaning of life

A new year is about to begin, and one tends to be a little philosophical, thinking about the meaning of life and other great mysteries. Googling and searching the Internet, I found that a wise man – Dalai Lama – believes that the purpose of life is to be happy(!):

“I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.”

At first, that surprised me. I thought it sounded, well, a bit self-centered? But then I found out that he thinks that if we want to become happy ourselves, we simply have to care more for others!

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

Thinking about this, I suspect it is not as easy as it sounds. But it might be worth a try, anyway. Think I’ll think a little more about it. Meanwhile, I’ll be happy if anyone wants to share some thoughts on the subject :-).
I found the quotes here… by the way. I recommend reading the rest of it.

Detail from our Christmas tree (photo: Jan Nergård)
Detail from our Christmas tree (photo: Jan Nergård)

Author: Jan's bulletin board

I live in a part of the world called Norway with my wife and two daughters. I worked as a telecom engineer for 20 years. Nowadays I am attending a helpdesk supporting colleagues with computer problems. I am also a hobby photographer who believe we ought to pay more attention to how we treat our planet and each other. I trust the reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I am disappointed that leading politicians in my own and other countries more or less have been ignoring warnings from the scientists for 20 years.

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