For the first time, locations on the human genome have been identified that can explain differences in meaning in life between individuals. This is the result of research conducted in over 220,000 individuals. The researchers identified two genetic variants for meaning in life and six genetic variants for happiness. (1)
Harmonia Philosophica has said it before more than once, but repetition is the mother of learning…
Most of us do not want to be reminded of the basic element of life.
For all of you that had the courage to continue reading this wire despite its despicable title, I have one reminder: health is overrated!
We do not know what Life is. And yet we are afraid of not-living. We do not know why we are in this world, but we are grateful for Life. And yet, we deny its basic ingredient: death. The majority of us – me included – is afraid of death and disease. But as Shestov said, when was the last time that the majority found the correct answer for a serious philosophical question? Never. And if we must listen to someone, this is the voice of the Illogical in this matter. Who wants to die healthy after all?
Let us look at the Mystery of Life through the liberating vision of misery and disease and not with the coward eyes of the western human, who while being too much attached to the material aspect of life forgets its essence…
And because modern man is a bit hostile to Christianity (it is in fashion to be anti-Christian these days), let me tell you what I am trying to tell you in the way Buddha would say it…
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” wrote Einstein in German on a piece of hotel stationery which was sold for millions of dollars in an auction last year. (1)
But this is not news. A calm and modest life was always promoted by wise people all over the world for millennia. It is just that people will not listen to a wise man but only to a wise known man. We want to trust someone. We are just not sure whom.
A calm and modest life always makes us lust for a life of constant restlessness. Even though we already know everything, we will seek knowledge with all our powers to the outer reaches of the universe – only to discover that we had access to the big secrets of God’s wisdom at the warm corner of our house. Where our grandmother tagged us into bed, while we played our favorite video game, with Christmas songs playing in the background until our eyes closed…
We all like to remember the first time we did something…
The first day in school.
Our first kiss.
Our first car.
The first day we went on a trip.
But life is not only about first times. Life is full of last times as well. And if the former include a promise and a window to the unknown, the latter contain the key to the door left closed behind you. And it is that key which you need to hold closely guarded while travelling in the dark forest of existence…
The last time you saw your friend.
The last day you slept in your old house.
The last kiss before a big separation.
The last time you sensed your grandmother’s touch.
These are the memories which define you. And if the promise held by the first times is what makes you touch God, the sadness held by those last moments is what makes you more human. Take a good care of these lasts moments. They are not just some memories. They are you.