What is the Meaning of Life?

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology has used a (not-so?) scientific analysis of 238 quotations by 195 different people (from Rousseau to Bob Dylan) to find an answer to this question.

The Top 10 Answers:

  • Life is to be enjoyed (17%)
  • We are here to love and help others (13%)
  • It is a mystery (13%)
  • There is no cosmic meaning (11%)
  • We are here to serve or worship God (11%)
  • Life is a struggle (8%)
  • We must make a contribution to society (6%)
  • Our mission in life is to seek wisdom/truth, and to become self-actualized (6%)
  • We must create meaning for ourselves (5%)
  • Life is absurd or a joke (4%)

From Social Studies, Globe and Mail (A14, Aug. 18, 2003).

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