Those are the four big questions, aren’t they? Any philosopher worth his salt has taken a stab at one or more of those questions. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Is there such a thing as good and its converse, evil? Where are we going?
Meaning is the big question for me. When I lose my grip on that one, the colors start to fade.
Lately, I’ve noticed some interesting threads on the Amazon forums about what people believe. There are quite a few self-declared atheists and agnostics in those threads. What I always wonder, in conjunction with atheism, is, where do you derive meaning if you’re an atheist? Seriously. Where do you derive meaning for your own life? If you are the result of random chemical interactions, where do you get your meaning? I’ve heard some people trot out answers having to do with continuation of the gene pool, improving society, fulfilling one’s self, but those are basically all meaningless horse manure answers.
I’d love to hear Richard Dawkins answer that question. And I mean answer it without ducking and jumping all over the place like a greased pig. Where do you get your meaning for life? Why should life have any meaning at all? I don’t see how random interactions of chemical processes can generate meaning.
Hmm. I guess I’m in a pretty grumpy mood. I wonder if Lady Gaga thinks about the meaning of her life?