By Naeem Lashari
Asking for the meaning of life, on the face of it, is itself an odd question. Quest for the meaning of a word is intrinsically is a question of linguistics. A query about the literal meaning of sports would definitely get answer that it is an activity involving physical activity. However, terminologically, answer to the question, meaning of life, would not be easy to answer. The meaning of life cannot be encapsulated in few words.
Life does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete. Life forms man’s destiny which is different and unique in each individual. Every situation in life calls for a different response. Sometimes the situation in which a man finds himself may require him to shape his own fate by action. Therefore, the meaning of life differs for each individual. It is entirely subjective. That is to say, the ultimate meaning of life is to take the responsibility and to find the right answer to its problems and to respond to the challenges that it poses for each individual.
However, life gives us opportunities under our difficult times to add a deeper meaning to our existence. So, here lies the chance for us either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the deeper meanings.
‘Life has meaning under all conditions,’ says Viktor Frankl
Pain, suffering and death complement life. These terrible conditions are not unworldly, if there is a meaning in life then there must be a meaning in those difficult conditions. There is no one who could keep himself away from the suffering but the suffering can be turned into an inner triumph. If there is a meaning to fulfill, one would be ready to suffer; he would be ready to offer sacrifices.
Neitzsche once said, “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.“
The difference between the people, who are able to pick themselves up and who are not, is the factor of decision: the freedom of choice in accordance with the conditions. However, the freedom of a human being is limited. We are never fully free from the conditions but the ultimate freedom remains reserved in ourselves; the freedom of choice in a given set of circumstances. It does not matter what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.
In Neitzsche’s words: He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear it with almost any ‘how’.
In order to strengthen oneself to bear the terrible ‘how’ of his existence, one has to give himself a ‘why’ (an aim) first.
The writer is a student of BS pursing his degree in philosophy from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. He belongs to district Jafferabad Balochistan.