If you search the Internet for the theme of “Meaning of Life and Mission of Life” you will find many articles written on this theme.
After reading these articles, have you been able to deeply understand and explore your own “Meaning of Life and Mission of Life”?
For me personally, I was never convinced.
While each of these articles is admirable in its own right, I always feel like they don’t go deep enough.
This is because I can’t help but feel that the consideration of “what life is” in the first place, which is the premise, is insufficient.
If so, even if you try to think about the “Meaning of Life and Mission of Life”, there is a danger of getting lost in some other forest.
If the “forest” is wrong, no matter how much you try to find happiness in that forest, it will be impossible to find the “fruit of happiness.”
Therefore, in this article, I would like to start with the fundamental questions, “What is life in the first place?” and “What is a human being in the first place?”
Only then will we be able to seek a fundamental solution to life’s problems, rather than merely providing temporary symptomatic treatment.
The “Meaning of Life and Mission of Life” can only be revealed if we assume the real world
In today’s world, neither philosophy nor religion can provide a clear answer to the question, “What is life? What is a human being in the first place?”
Philosophy has become almost a logic game, and modern philosophers seem to have forgotten the original mission of philosophy since Socrates.
What they have forgotten is the so-called premise that “the other world, the world after death, guardian spirits, and gods exist.”
Socrates’ thought was developed in the writings of his disciple Plato, in which there are many so-called spiritual stories about gods, the afterlife, and guardian spirits.
One of Plato’s works, Phaedon, even mentions the idea of reincarnation.
In other words, Socrates builds philosophy on the premise of the existence of gods and guardian spirits. At the origin of philosophy, it is clear that the point of view of the other world (the real world) is included.
“Theory of ideas” is not just an abstract idea, but it is certain that the “real world, the other world”, which is literally real, is in sight.
The reason why people today have a hard time accepting such words as “the other world,” “gods,” “spirits,” “heaven and hell,” and so on, as used in the origins of philosophy and religion, is simply because the images of these words are “old-fashioned and stale.
The other is a naive “modern progressive historical view” that says “how can we believe in such things in this day and age? God is made up by human beings for their own convenience.
However, modern progressive history has emerged only in the last 300 years or so.
And as you know, already in the early 20th century, such a linear view of the history of progress, that history is evolving in a straight line and the more recent it is, the closer humanity is to the truth, has been called into question.
In fact, even those who believe that there is no such thing as God or the afterlife do not come to such a conclusion after thoroughly examining such questions.
In most cases, they have made up their minds based on “just a feeling,” such as “everyone around me thinks so,” or “it would be uncool to believe in such things.
The starting point of intelligence is to remove preconceptions and prejudices and begin thinking with a blank slate.
Therefore, “making assumptions” is contrary to the original meaning of “intellectualism.
There is also the fact that most of the great figures in history, including in modern times, believe in the existence of God.
In his later years, Einstein, for example, was obsessed with inventing a “spirit world communicator.
One of the most famous personalities in history is Benjamin Franklin, the Founding Father of the United States, who clearly believed in God.
Thus, a person outstanding in intelligence or personality believes in God and the afterlife.
The afterlife may or may not exist, finite life or eternal life, gods may or may not exist. Whether you accept these things or not can completely change your outlook on life.
Just one thing, “There is a heaven and a hell,” forces us to fundamentally reexamine our outlook on life.
The English writer G. K. Chesterton, in his main book, “Orthodoxy“, has the following words of wisdom.
Thoroughly worldly people never understand even the world.
This conversely means that if we have a perspective beyond this world, we will be able to understand this world better.
That perspective beyond this world is precisely the perspective of the real world (the other world).
In other words, the “Meaning and Mission of Life” cannot really be seen unless we consider it from the perspective of the real world.
Human nature is “existential energy.”
Now, I will actually explain “soul, spirit, the other world, God…” in a modern and easy-to-understand way.
In conclusion, the essence of our life is “existential energy.
The physical body, of course, is also made of energy, but it is the outer part of energy, and in fact, even when the physical body is gone (i.e., “dead”), the part of mental energy continues to exist.
It is not an impersonal energy, but rather an energy that maintains its identity (self-identity).
In Descartesian fashion, let us for the moment divide the human being into spirit and body (object).
Descartes defined the world as “a thinking spirit and an extending object.
Although both spirit and object are “energy,” each has the following characteristics.
- Spirit : thought, thinking
- Objects (including the body) : extension
Extension” means a change in form, and refers to all changes in external form, including extinction.
The destruction of an object, or in the case of a human being, the “death of the body,” is a form of “extension.
However, since the characteristic of the spirit is “thought and thinking,” it does not include “extinction” or “annihilation,” which is a form of extension.
The spirit, the mind, by its very nature, does not include “perishability.
Therefore, to put it simply, your irreplaceable “individual existence” will be maintained throughout this world and the next.
In other words, we can define the essence of human nature in one word: “existential energy.
If you have studied Buddhism, perhaps some of you may think that since the Buddha taught no-self, he must have denied the eternal soul.
Regarding this, Neo Buddhism believes that there is a mistake in the interpretation of no-self. The Buddha/Shakti never denied the soul.
This will be discussed in detail in a separate article.
What is ” Vibrational Energy Theory”?
(Below, in translation)
The Spiritual World, Heaven/Hell, God/Buddha, and Angels Explained by Vibration Theory
Heaven/Hell is a world created by those whose vibrations match each other.
There are stages in heaven/hell. There is a horizontal structure in the spirit world.
In the spiritual world, there is also a vertically divided structure depending on tastes and preferences.
Inter-religious conflicts can be resolved
What is a guardian spirit?
What are the conditions for going to hell?