The Meaning of Life...

The Meaning of Life...


            “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”  ― Albert Camus


     Once a week I sit down and allow my mind to wander about.  Routinely, this is how I find topics to discuss in my weekly essay.  Wandering about.  Some days I’ll be having a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise and the animals graze.  Others, I’ll be skimming through a dental journal or browsing a variety of online dental communities, seeking knowledge.  Most often, I’ll have just put the kids to bed and settled onto the living room couch for my first quiet moments of the day. 


            Variety seems to keep the ideas coming.


            This evening, on a whim, I Googled “the meaning of life.”  In a short 0.29 seconds, the search giant returned a mere 550 million results to sort through. 


            There you go.  It’s that easy.  Let’s just review them all and we’ll have it figured out.


            After skipping the Wikipedia results and a couple of Monty Python movie websites, I arrived at a list of quotes related to the topic.  For a writer, famous quotes are a goldmine; as it is much easier to quote someone famous than it is to actually come up with something witty and original.  A concept similar to the talk shows and talk radio we are inundated with nowadays.  You can make a fine living discussing what others are actually doing.


            At the very top of the list of quotes was the above statement from Nobel Prize winning author, the frenchman, Albert Camus.  I read the quote and immediately found it to be genius in it’s simplicity.  It took me a couple of times to really understand the genius because I kept hearing a Pepe Le Pew French accent in my head.  If you can unravel the translation, his quote is really quite perfect.


            Life is not about thinking or money or philosophies.  It’s not about successes or failures in love or war.  Life is not about a long drawn out search for “the answer.”


            Quite simply, life is about living.  Life is about experiencing each and every smile, each laugh, each cry.  It is about watching the sunrise or learning or just enjoying a few moments of peaceful solitude.


            It’s amazing what you can find on the internet in 0.29 seconds.  Maybe next time I should Google “world peace.”


            Until next week, keep living.


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