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Life depends on "How you Look at it"

On Top of the World To begin to answer this question about life, you need to have a conversation, because there are no simple answers that would explain what life is. What version would you like, the short answer or the long answer? There's a lot we can talk about since life is a large subject. Can you narrow down your question to something more specific? Is there something in particular about life that you would wish to talk about? You could ask "where did I come from?" and I could answer "your mother". But maybe you were looking for a different answer, like where did humans come from? Which we have a lot of information about. There is the biological process of life, which we can explain to a certain Point, and then there is the consciousness of life that humans experience, why humans have conscious awareness is still not totally clear. Then there's physics that tries to explain where and how life started. And we are young and still learning, so it's just a matter of time before we know more. So what part of life are you talking about? What do we know so far about life on planet earth? There is a lot about life that we can explain. And there are some things about life that we can't fully explain. The best advice is to stick with the facts of life and try not to get too philosophical about life. Big questions can always be broken down into simple and smaller questions with meaningful explanations. Keep your mind open to the big questions, but don't let the big questions keep you from knowing the facts, because even curiosity needs balance. Live, Learn, Love and Progress

Life is the experience of being alive; The course of human events and activities. An account of the series of events making up a person's life. The condition of living or the state of being alive. The course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living. The period during which something is functional (between birth and death). The organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones. Living things collectively.

Alive is possessing life. Mentally perceptive and responsive. In operation.

Perspectives or Understanding of life also changes from generation from generation. Your parents grew up in a different world then you, so they see life a little different, or even a lot more different then you. And people who were born just 20 years after you, are growing up in a different world then you. So everyone has different perspectives, even though we are sharing some of the same time together. Different perspectives also applies to different Cultures and different Countries.

Personal Life is the course of an individual's life, especially when viewed as the sum of personal choices contributing to one's personal identity

Quality of Life


Our Message to the Universe - Voyager 1 was our best guess at what we thought life was in 1977. "As the Secretary General of the United Nations, an organizations of the 147 member states who represent almost all of the human inhabitants of the planet earth. I send greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. We step out of our solar system into the universe seeking only peace and friendship, to teach if we are called upon, to be taught if we are fortunate. We know full well that our planet and all its inhabitants are but a small part of the immense universe that surrounds us and it is with humility and hope that we take this step."

Greetings from Earth (youtube) - 55 Languages
Cover Meaning (image)
Voyager Images (photo)
The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see (youtube)
Voyager Images
Voyager Golden Record Greetings
Music on Record (youtube) - "Hey out there, we just learned how to make records 100 years ago, so here's one of our albums, check it out, tell us what you think?"
Voyager Golden Record (youtube)
Pioneer Plaque (wiki)
One Earth Message

The Voyager 1 is basically saying..."Hello! Is anyone out there? Life is so incredible here on Earth, but life is also really horrifying at times. This is what we know so far from our experiences. Are we alone? Or is alone just an illusion? We are so full of Love, but we are also plagued with ignorance. Any suggestions?"...Answer from unknown source..."It's ok, you'll get through it. All Human life starts out this way. It's a long learning process. And suffering and death is extremely unfortunate no matter how you look at it. The good news is that you have the abilities to solve your problems, you just have to learn how. The most important thing is that you are alive, which means there's life and hope for all. You are the giver of life and the harbor of life, and you are not alone. Keep learning and stay alive, the universe is counting on you."

"We probe the outside world when we also need to probe the inside world of our hearts and minds so that we can better understand ourselves. Looking inward is looking outward, and looking outward is like looking inward, ask any physicist."

Space Travel

The Voyager 1 in 1990, after 13 years, traveled beyond Pluto. In 2003, Voyager 1 traveled beyond our Suns gravitational field, and then we lost all contact since that time. Voyager 1 is traveling at 35,000 mph. It will be 40,000 years before it comes close to another star. At that speed it takes 17,000 years to travel one light year. With potentially habitable planets 34 light years away, what are the odds that there is life that has the ability to receive or even understand another life form from another world?


Meaning of Life pertains to the significance of living or existence in general. Many other related questions include "Why are we here?", "What is life all about?", and "What is the purpose of existence?" or even "Does life exist at all?" There have been a large number of proposed answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds. The search for life's meaning has produced much philosophical, scientific, theological, and metaphysical speculation throughout history. Different people and cultures believe different things for the answer to this question. Most religions believe that life is a test from God. Some believe the prosperous journey of adjustment to any given environment to develop a sense of comfort and happiness in which enables reproduction and the ability to influence what you create, can be understood as the meaning of life.

Why are we Here? The most likely answer is to advance life, to maintain life, to preserve life and to experience life. Why else?

Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence or reality as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Spirit

Vitalism states that living organisms are fundamentally different from non-living entities because they contain some non-physical element or are governed by different principles than are inanimate things.

Metaphysics is concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, although the term is not easily defined. Traditionally, metaphysics attempts to answer two basic questions in the broadest possible terms: Ultimately, what is there? What is it like?

World Disclosure refers to how things become intelligible and meaningfully relevant to human beings, by virtue of being part of an ontological world – i.e., a pre-interpreted and holistically structured background of meaning.

Reflective Disclosure refers to practices through which we can imagine and articulate meaningful alternatives to current social and political conditions, by acting back on their conditions of intelligibility. This could uncover possibilities that were previously suppressed or untried, or make us insightfully aware of a problem in a way that allows us to go on differently with our institutions, traditions and ideals.

If you want to know what life feels like, you ask a blind and deaf person who understands emotions.
If you want to know what life looks like, you ask a deaf person who has good eyesight.
If you want to know what life sounds like, you ask a blind person who has good hearing.
If you want to know what life is, you ask everyone who studies life, including yourself.

Life is an Improv, a spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation or training, "on the spot" or "off the cuff", a moment of sudden inventiveness that can just come to mind, body and spirit as an inspiration.

Life is like a story within a story. There is more to life then what we see on the surface. Life is made up of many different layers and levels. And if you can't see beneath the surface, you will never understand the whole picture. So unless you need to focus on something important, it's best to choose multi-mined awareness over single-minded awareness. Be aware of hidden meanings, they're everywhere. One of the main reasons why people fall for scams is that they never know the questions they should be asking. Same thing goes for life. You need answers, otherwise, life will be just a crap shoot.

There's reasons why some people are bad people. There's reasons why some people commit crimes. There's reasons why some people suffer while others do not suffer. There's reasons why some people have pain while others do not have pain. There's reasons why some people have while other people do not have. But I would not say there is a reason for everything, but there are reasons, and we should not ignore the reasons or the things that we can logically explain. Knowledge is our greatest power, but it is also our greatest weakness when we don't have enough knowledge. If you never take the responsibility of learning seriously, then you will fall victim to your own ignorance, that's life, but it's only the beginning. And how life goes and how life ends, is up to you. Yes, there are no guarantees, and there's sometimes luck involved. But life gives us choices, but it's up to you to discover what those choices are, and what choices are good ones. God has given us all choices, but God does not make the choices for us. So we have to keep learning. The possibilities are endless.

Life is what you make it, keep learning, and remember, there are no easy answers.

Reality

Life (biological, wiki) - The Tree of Life - Evolution - Intelligent Design

Life Quotes

What is Time?

Life's a Bitch and Then You Die or Shit Happens and Then You Die? These are stupid idioms of course...Good things happen in life and bad things happen in life. In order for there to be good times, you will have to experience some bad times too. The key is to not let the bad times ruin your good times. You must learn how to face hard times and learn how to solve difficult problems. This is what everyone has to learn. That is the main reason why 7 billion people are alive today, because billions of people have lived and died before you were born, and they faced some really hard times, if they didn't, then human life would have never survived through all those thousands of years. You must learn how to get through the bad times and learn how to preserve and enjoy the good times. It's part of life's journey. One way of looking at life is to look at life as a challenge, where life is always testing your strength and your awareness. And in order for you to win this game, you have to prove your strength and your resilience. And when you succeed, life awards you with good times. So don't let life beat you down, life is no match for a human. But if we lower our guards, and if we stop learning, then we will fall victim to life's cruel jokes. There are over 7 billion people on this planet today that proves that life is not stronger then humans, but life is still a lot smarter then humans. So we have a lot of learning to do, a lot.

Life is Not a Test for if it were, it certainly wouldn't be a fair test. So don't worry about the mishaps and the missteps. Just learn as much as you can. Because the more you learn about yourself and the world around you, the better life gets. So if you keep learning, especially things that are important, things will just keep getting better and better. "Life is more about Training", So Keep Learning My Friends". (another quote from The Worlds Most Educated Man).

"Dreams are an unfair test, just like life, but at least life has some controls, where as dreams you have very little control, but define control?"

The world f*cks with you and life will test you in many ways. Look for meaning and see what you can learn from your experiences. Only look back on your life to reflect and and to remember the important things that you have learned. Don't live in the past, learn from your past and look towards the future, because that is where you're headed. Stand tall and be proud, don't die on your knees. If you have to run, then run like hell, but remember, you live on a circle, and if you run far enough, you will end you where you started. So running will not make it go away. But it could buy you time that's needed to solve that problem.

How you experience life mostly comes from your own perception. How we interpret the world controls how we act and think.
And this interpretation is based on your level of knowledge and how much you understand about yourself and the world.

Life is What Happens To You While You're Busy Making Other Plans, or, Life is what happens to you when you're not busy making other plans.

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Finding Yourself Tips (wiki how)
Create Change in Your Life
Just Be Yourself

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. (Thomas Szasz) "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin, 1973".

Be-Yourself Tips (wiki how)
Reinvent Yourself

Your true self is always a work in progress. So being yourself, or inventing yourself or self exploration, is never a direct path or is it a clearly defined process.

"Me is not here yet, because I'm still learning what me is."

Intrapersonal intelligence (self smart)

"No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself." (Thomas Mann)

"No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born."
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be. (Robert Brault)

Goals (purpose)

"Our lives are not totally determined by what happens to us, it's more determined by how we react to what happens to us. Our lives are not determined by what life brings us, our lives are more determined by the attitude we bring to life."

What if you met yourself on the street, what would you say? Beside HFS.

"Lay each brick reverently. Lay a purposeful brick, but be in the moment of laying that brick. The house will form."

Life is more of a collective then a directive. You are an expression of everything around you and everything from your past. Try not to focus on any one expression for too long, there are many expressions to explore and to learn from.

Directive is showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on.

What should I do with my life? Explore, Discover and Learn as much as you can. After that, knowing what to do with your life will happen naturally. If not, then you need to explore more, discover more, and learn more. Eventually you will come to a realization, or experience an epiphany, if not, then you need to explore more, discover more, and learn more.

Truth is a fact that has been verified, A true statement.  Conformity to reality or actuality. The quality of being near to the true value. Truth - Validate

Why do I exist? Is it some kind of miracle? Is it a gift? Is it by design? Is it a surprise? Or is it that we just don't know yet?

Don't ask why you exist, ask why not?  Besides, asking why you exist is not a detailed or specific enough of a question to answer. You have to specify what part of "You" that exists are you talking about?  We can explain the biological and reproductive reasons why we are here, but knowing why we have consciousness is not that easy. We know that consciousness is an amazing ability, but that's all we have learned so far. We still have a lot more to learn.  

Who Are We?

What do We Know So Far?

You don't find meaning in life, that is to broad of a question to answer. To find meaning is a process of learning, and there are many things to learn. The best way to discover what it all means is by putting together all the questions that you can answer, which still may not be enough to even come close to having a theory, so learning will have to continue, for now. Maybe the meaning of human life is to give life meaning, or maybe to discover more meaning. But it's best to break meaning down into smaller parts that you can answer. To try to answer things as a whole before you answered the parts of the whole is illogical.

"We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning". " Seize the Day "

"We are on some kind of a journey. And throughout our history we have gotten lost a few times, and we had to start over. But we are beginning to find our way around again. But this time we have to promise each other not to lose the map again. Because starting over sucks. But maybe that's one of the reasons why life is so short, so that we have start over again. So that each lifetime never has the exact same experience. So that we are never confined to just one ideology, so that we are always progressing. We have finally arrived at the ultimate crossroad. Life is once again in our hands. But this time, we can preserve our cultures and our history,, and at the same time, we can start our new journey towards peace, renewal and prosperity."

"Life is a dramatic comedy and a horror movie all rolled up into one short moment in time." "Life is death in slow motion."

Krishnamurti - The Real Revolution - 1 of 8 - Where Are We Going? (youtube)
Seeds of Life, Paperback – July 11, 2015 by Joseph Esposito (amazon)

God could never be an answer to a question because God is a Question.. To answer a question with another question that you cannot answer is just avoiding the question.  So all you can really say is "I Don't Know Yet, or explain the Reasons Why"

Life is amazing, but you wouldn't say that if you lived 40,000 years ago. Life is only amazing now because some humans don't have to struggle to survive. And now more humans also have more freedoms, more advancements, more language and more knowledge of themselves and the world around them. Most humans today are extremely lucky and very fortunate to live in this particular time in history. But not for everyone. So if you know that life is amazing, then you have a gift that you need to preserve and pass forward. Don't let the gift die with you, document it, protect it and share it.

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose " (Robert Byrne)

You don't really find purpose in life, purpose is what you are doing at a particular moment. It's more about having a goal and knowing the purpose of that goal. Asking what is the purpose of life is not even a question because it is to broad to answer, because life is a combination of many things with many purposes. You can also say "What is the Point of Life?" But the word "Point" can mean many things. Usually the point refers to a reason. And the reasons are many because there's a reasons for everything. So you need to specify, because there are many Reasons Why many forms of life exist. Not that you can answer every question, but at least answer the questions that matter, or at least answer the questions that are relevant.

Point is a a geometric element that has position but no extension. - The precise location of something; a spatially limited location. A brief version of the essential meaning of something. - An isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole. Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively. - Be oriented. - Direct into a position for use. Be positionable in a specified manner. - Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal. - Give a point to. A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process. - An instant of time. - The object of an activity. A very small circular shape. - Unit of counting in scoring a game. - A promontory extending out into a large body of water. A distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list. A style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.  An outstanding characteristic.  -  Sharp end.  -  Any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass. A linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch. A punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations. A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer. - The dot at the left of a decimal fraction. The property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip  -  A distinguishing or individuating characteristic. 

Searching for Meaning

This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."

Viktor Frankl
Man's Search for Meaning
Brain Pickings
Youth - 2015 Movie a comedy-drama with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.


The Bitter Sweet Symphony of Life: The Verve (youtube)
"Bittersweet Symphony"
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet, You're a slave to money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down,
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet yeah,
No change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
But I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold , No, no, no, no, no
Well I never pray
But tonight I'm on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there's nobody singing to me now
No change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold, No, no, no, no, no
I can't change, I can't change
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet,
Try to find some money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the things meet yeah
You know I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mold,
I am here in my mold And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold, No, no, no, no, no
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no,
I can't change, Can't change my body, no, no, no
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
Been down
Ever been down, Ever been down, Ever been down, Ever been down
Have you ever been down?
Have you've ever been down?


What Is Life? (wiki)

What Is Life - George Harrison (youtube)

A Dance to Honor Mother Earth (video)


The Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) - Green Day (youtube)
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why.
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
So take the photographs, and still-frames in your mind.
Hang them on a shelf in good health and good time.
Tattoo's of memories and dead skin on trial.
For what it's worth, it was worth all the while.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right.
I hope you had the time of your life.


Life Is A Highway Tom Cochrane (youtube)
Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend and sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won't hesitate
To break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
Through all these cities and all these towns
It's in my blood, and it's all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road, and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver's lights
Knock me down and back up again
You're in my blood, I'm not a lonely man
There's no load I can't hold
A road so rough this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Just tell 'em we're survivors
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme yeah
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
There was a distance between you and I
A misunderstanding once
But now we look in the eye
Ooh... yeah!
There ain't no load that I can't hold
A road so rough this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Just tell 'em we're survivors
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long (All night long, yeah, yeah)
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long
Gimme, gimme, gimme,
Gimme, gimme, yeah
Life is a highway (Life is a highway)
I wanna ride it all night long (ooh... yeah)
If you're going my way (If you're going my way)
I wanna drive it all night long (All night long, yeah. Come, on)
Gimme, gimme, gimme,
Gimme, gimme, gimme, yeah
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long (Yeah, I wanna drive it all night long, baby)
If you're going my way (If you're going my way)
I wanna drive it all night long (All night long...)




Experiences

"It's not the number of experiences that you have in life, but more important, it's the quality of your experiences that make all the difference. You don't have to have a lot of experiences, you just need to enjoy the experiences you do have. You should try to get the most out of everything and learn as much as you can using all your senses and intellect. You can have a lot of experiences in your life, but if you don't learn and progress from those experiences, then the meanings of those moments will just fade into a fleeting glimpse. So don't worry about all the experiences you may never have, just enjoy the experiences that you do have, as well as the experiences that you already had, because there's always something of value in our memories, good or bad. Live, Learn, Love and Progress."

"Your experience with life is not all your own, it's mostly the combination of millions of other peoples experiences with life, without them, you would not have hardly any experience with life at all, only an experience with yourself."

"I'm celebrating life, or maybe life is celebrating me. What are you celebrating?"


Quotes about Life



The Thinker Man