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The meaning of life?

Old 2nd Dec 2004, 09:47
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Talking The meaning of life?

This was an interesting subject set for an essay for my nephew (I know we have had essay questions recently)

"What's the meaning of life”?

Over to everyone and this should be interesting

My definition is to

"Work and party hard and live each day to the full!


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6,000 weeks holiday from total oblivion is all, give or take a few weeks, and contrary to what the bearded and dog collared ones try and tell you, tiz the only one you will ever get, so bollix to spending yer life preparing for a none existant second go, enjoy this one.
IMHO anyway.

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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 12:12
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Why does there have to be a meaning?

If you stop asking this question, things get a lot simpler.
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 12:20
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"What's the meaning of life”?
It's a 1983 Monty Python film starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin etc...

Short but technically correct answer... A+

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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 12:26
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I think the answer was worked out by a super-computer on "The Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy" (it took the computer 7.5 million years of processing):

The answer to the meaning of life = 42.

Quoted from the Wikipedia on-line dictionary:

The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything, given by the supercomputer Deep Thought to a group of mice, is "forty-two". According to the Guide, mice are 3-dimensional profiles of a pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent race of beings. They built Deep Thought, the second greatest computer of all time and space, to tell them the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything. After seven and a half million years the computer divulges the answer: forty-two.

"Forty-two!" yelled Loonquawl. "Is that all you've got to show for seven and a half million years' work?"
"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."
The computer informs the researchers that it will design for them a second and greater computer, incorporating living beings as part of its computational matrix, to tell them what the question is. That computer was called Earth and was so big that it was often mistaken for a planet. The question was lost minutes before it was due to be produced, due to the Vogons' demolition of the Earth, supposedly to build a hyperspace bypass. (Later in the series, it is revealed that the Vogons had been hired to destroy the Earth by a consortium of philosophers and psychiatrists who feared for the loss of their jobs when the meaning of life become common knowledge.)

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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 12:34
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Thats what my nephew wrote and got graded badly! (Teacher with no sense of humour)

But some of these replies have me in stitches!

Keep them coming


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Living Life on the edge

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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 13:08
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With your definition, you'll enjoy the Gatbash, Tall & Tasty!

How about something derrived from what is claimed (not sure how realistically) very old religious philosophy, "Harm none, do what you will" in other words, take responsibility for yourselves, do what you choose to make of your life, as long as it does no harm to anyone else. I like Cheerio's leaving the place better than you found it though.
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 15:58
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Assuming three score and ten, eighty five weeks in a year Drapes?
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 16:34
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"Whenever life gets you down Mrs Brown.....
Just remember that you're standing, on a planet that's evolving, revolving at 900 miles an hour..........."
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 16:50
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I had a Moment of Clarity early one morning not so long ago.

Woke up about three a.m. and realised that ... finally ... I knew exactly What It Was All About.

It was all so obvious, it made perfect sense and I knew precisely what I had to do. I would start the very next morning, as soon as I woke up.

Contentedly, I drifted off back to sleep and in the morning... well, you know what happened... Could I remember what it was ? Could I ***k.

It all made so much sense, too
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If I had a pound for every time I've been thoroughly "refreshed", entered into some deep and meaningful conversation with an equally "refreshed" mate, and then sorted out all the world's problems...only to wake up with a stinking hangover and absolutely no idea what we'd been talking about - well I'd probably be about 50 quid better off.
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 17:28
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You're here to pass on genetic material, now get busy.

Everything else is gravy. (Come to think of it, so's passing on the genetic material. )
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Make the happiest memories for your frail old age you can because that's all you will take with you. Your last suit is made without pockets.
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just turn up every day.
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 20:14
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n. pl. lives (lvz)

The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.

The characteristic state or condition of a living organism.
Living organisms considered as a group: plant life; marine life.
A living being, especially a person: an earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives.

The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence: the artistic life of a writer.

The interval of time between birth and death: She led a good, long life.

The interval of time between one's birth and the present: has had hay fever all his life.

A particular segment of one's life: my adolescent life.
The period from an occurrence until death: elected for life; paralyzed for life.

Slang. A sentence of imprisonment lasting till death.
The time for which something exists or functions: the useful life of a car.

A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death.
An account of a person's life; a biography.

Human existence, relationships, or activity in general: real life; everyday life.

A manner of living: led a hard life.
A specific, characteristic manner of existence. Used of inanimate objects: “Great institutions seem to have a life of their own, independent of those who run them” (New Republic).
The activities and interests of a particular area or realm: musical life in New York.

A source of vitality; an animating force: She's the life of the show.
Liveliness or vitality; animation: a face that is full of life.

Something that actually exists regarded as a subject for an artist: painted from life.
Actual environment or reality; nature.

Next question...
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 20:15
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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 20:24
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T n T, my friends and I have solved that question and have ended all turmoil and strife in the world while consuming adult beverages.

One small problem however, the next morning when we sober up no one can remember the answers. We keep meaning to designate a person to keep notes, but for some reason that never happens.

(Could be the adult beverages,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,nah)

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Old 2nd Dec 2004, 20:28
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Why should life mean anything?

I think life has a purpose.....it`s the way the cosmos has become aware.

Judging by the chaos in our little corner, it`s just not a very coherent consciousness......yet.

(that may be an extremely geocentric point of view)
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