Collective Thought Experiment: The meaning of life in one simple sentence

The meaning of life was first realised countless aeons ago by a highly advanced space faring race, however their dialect is so advanced and their societal values so far removed from our owns it basically sounds like nonsense, but most scholars agree not being a jerk whilst living, is a good place to start.


The meaning of life is when you waste your life to find a meaning of it , you forget to live.

Carpe diem then.

Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem mihi, quem tibi
finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios
temptaris numeros. ut melius, quidquid erit, pati.
seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,
quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare
Tyrrhenum. Sapias, vina liques et spatio brevi
spem longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.


“The meaning of life is…to feel driven by desire, navigate by feeling, know you are truly whole- only because of the sum of those that coexist with you.”

42 is Café canon, so I have to say that as well. I’ll see myself to the Principal now and hope it’s not Marvin.:joy:



If one more piece of tech breaks on me this year, I’m giving up😂


The meaning of life is life.


The meaning of life is… what’s next.


The meaning of live… could be irrelevant.

I have done some gardening recently and realized that there is probably more life on a square meter of soil than people on earth, but only people try to find meaning in their existence.

Life could have a purpose in this universe, but it does not necessarily have to be the meaning of human life. :wink:


I’m not disagreeing with you, but I want you to consider this. In that square meter of soil, how do you determine how much life is in it? Is it the number of individual life forms? Are you counting each bacteria? If so, you are correct, there is more seperate life forms in that soil than individual humans on Earth.

But what if we measure life in mass? Then there is likely less “life” in that soil than in a fully grown human being.

Or how about we measure it in complexity. The bacteria are single celled organisms. If humans were giant single cells we could count the bacteria and a human both as a 1, but we are not. Humans are made of trillions of cells, each of which is like a single life form which relies on all the others to remain living. Humans, and any multi-celled organism, is really more of a community of life forms than a single life form.

And it is that complexity, that gestalt which composes us, that has given rise to our ability to question our reality, to question its purpose.

Simply put, we are not as insignificant as some might lead us to believe. On a universal scale, yes, but on an Earthly scale, we are by far the most complex and one of the most important life forms on the planet.


I agree, these are all good aspects, aspects of life, but does it matter for life itself in which form it comes?
Our species has achieved a lot in its short period of existence, and we are a highly sophisticated construct and our brain is the most complex structure we know. But compared on a bigger time-scale we might be insignificant to life itself. As far we know, only humans make such distinctions - simple life-forms, sentient beings, I-awareness,… and maybe one day artificial life forms - superior to us and capable of things our biological body limits us. Is it as well alive if it’s not bound to biology, no need for evolution, no need for… individuality? Just awareness… You see, where to begin and where to end with the definition of life, as it’s still evolving.

If we look at it from the other side, remove the humans from the life-tree, life simply continues, remove plants or fungi f.e., there would be a major collapse of genera. We can also say, the more complex, the more dependent, the more fragile a life form is.

I think we can differentiate here between the meaning of life in general and the personal meaning of life.
A good question could also be ‘what do you like about life?’. The individual ‘meaning of life’ could then be extrapolated from the answers.


“The meaning of life is to help Korvax, Gek, Vy’keen and fellow interlopers find happiness”.

Come on guys it’s an NMS forum, not a single word about alien life ?

Maybe one good meaning of life could be to stop putting ourselves at the center of every thought ?


but that’s how nature has made us… curious. We want to investigate everything and analyze it. It’s in our nature and it means we put ourselves at the center all the time…


And, perhaps, what we percieve as ‘life’ is simply the visible portion of a universal energy that suffuses existance, eternal, with us as simple disturbances on the surface of a deeper ocean of reality. Ripples caused by the interaction of the forces we perceive dimly as space and time. (whoa, stepped off the deep end there…)


“The meaning of life is to evolve” This may have been said already but after giving it some thought this is what I have to say. Evolve can be interpreted in many ways. We evolve by remembering, experiencing, and growing into our future selves, imprint our experiences in DNA etc… These future selves are in no way our Original selves because experience changes us on a molecular level I believe. So the way evolving brings meaning to life is, through change, adaptation, and refining our core and find peace in organized chaos.


There’s a nice video which show very well “what we are”


If we are all that we ARE the UNIVERSE :slight_smile:


Very nice images, thanks for sharing @kerdorin!


There is also what I think is the original version, “Powers of Ten™ (1977)”.
Maybe some of you guys remember… :wink:


Basically everything is the universe.


yes, every thing, being with its own perception…


❝To Love & Be Loved❞

“The meaning of life is to love and be loved."


That’s a paradox…you can’t do that. That statement suggests that life can only exist and exclusively depends on the world not being perfectly fine…that no matter how good things might get they would never be good enough because if everyone were to attain perfect perpetual happiness then life would become meaningless. You can’t solve a problem when your existence depends on the problem existing…to where you could say that the problem caused life to exist and that ending the problem would end life…doesn’t that then make life itself the problem? Which would lead to the conclusion that the purpose of life is to end. So…not a valid answer.