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Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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Vale to Hitchens - a great thinker and communicator to everyone who listened. He will go down in history as a gentle warrior against myth and malevolent dogma.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:23:51 UTC | #899398

Go to: What does "meaning" mean?

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Speaking for myself, the 'meaning of life' suggests this:

We were born as a result of the evolution of a biological process which started with Silurian worms at the bottom of a dodgy sea which shuffled between anoxia and aerobic phases. Because we (homo sapiens) were fortunate enough to grow our brains, we thought and puzzled over good times and bad. When times were good we invented gods to protect us from bad times. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't and we anguished over how we had annoyed the gods. From there there was a gradual explosion into earnest religions; including one which declared everyone is born in sin.

The meaning of all this seems obvious: we had no say in being born so we may as well make the most of life while we breathe, and enjoy what the world offers until we kick the bucket. The greatest wonder of our life is not in a supernatural being out there, but the sheer majesty and marvel of the universe and our little patch in a small solar system. What else is needed?

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 07:45:30 UTC | #896059

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