What is the meaning of life?
I’ve been asking most of my life, and the only good answer I’ve found so far is at the end of part one of Stephen Hawking’s two-part Discovery documentary, Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design – The Meaning of Life (currently available on Netflix).
Stephen Hawking is the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge. He comes to the question as a physicist, some would say the physicist. So his answer, though simple, is anything but airy-fairy.
In short: Life means whatever we, as individuals, say it means – which isn’t necessarily good news if we choose to be life’s victims (and it is a choice). Hawking, afflicted with a severely debilitating motor neurone disease, had every excuse to choose victimhood but said instead, “However difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
By the time we get to the end of part two of Hawking’s documentary, The Key to the Cosmos, the news gets even worse. But you’ll have to watch it for yourself to see what I mean. : )