Who am I? Why am I here? Where I am going? I think each of us asked this question at least once. Searching for the meaning of life has generated philosophical, scientific, theological and metaphysical speculations, but each of them, bring a different answer.
On one hand, religion comes and gives us a definite answer in this regard. “The only and greatest happiness of man on earth is to approach and to know God.” Jesus Christ takes us out of darkness into light, showing us the way and the direction to follow: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.
On the other hand, modern science brings us pertinent answers with scientific arguments and interpretations. F example, Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, says the meaning of life is the principle of pleasure.
Another scientist, Alfred Adler, physician and psychologist, claims that the meaning of life is the principle of power. Then scientist Victor Frankl, physician and psychologist, says the meaning of life is the principle of faith, the need for human meaning is fundamental and that as soon as man finds a reason for his life, he becomes able to cope with the tragic triad.
The lack of existential meaning, the lack of purpose in life, the lack of the dream to fulfill, these are the real causes of the psychic diseases of the human being, who have experienced a spectacular growth in the last decades. Here is the root cause of the diseases of the third millennium – the spiritual vacuum, which must stay in the attention of today’s society.
From a philosophical point of view, there have been many answers to this question from several different cultural and ideological backgrounds. The meaning of life that we perceive is derived from philosophical and religious contemplation, from social bonds, from consciousness and happiness. Other things are involved, such as symbolic meaning, ontology, value, ethics, good and evil, the concept of God, the soul, or the later life.