I have found the answer to the question. The secret. The meaning of life. And no, I am not stoned or on any mind altering substances. It is a little like the revelation I got 8 years ago when I was journaling and trying to figure out where I would send Daniel to high school. A really simple answer.
But back to the big question, what is the meaning of life? The meaning of life is to never stop searching. To question what you know and why you know it. To seek the truth and wisdom from many sources and people. We construct our truth based on our perception and on our concept of self. As organic beings we are continuously changing and growing and we cannot wear this same truth all our lives. It will no longer fit or be too worn and tattered for new circumstances. We evolve and change and grow and our truth grows along too. And when it doesn’t, we stagnate and become hard and arrogant and judge others not stopping to have a peek at what they have learned or know to see if we can take a little piece of their wisdom and mix it with our own.
Nothing is cast in stone so staying flexible means we can absorb the unpredictable. There is give so we don’t snap when faced with something we did not order, did not anticipate. 18 years ago on this day I landed up in Camps Bay United Church. I found the love side of God that day, the Jesus bit without the religion and rules and guilt. And then ironically the very freedom and love I found got smothered by rules and what others thought I should be doing or thinking. For many, many years until that constant nagging about who I knew God to be, was greater than this intolerance of anything different and lack of acceptance of all people. I took another few years to figure out I did not need a label to define my faith.
When we take the truths out the bible that resonate with us we are accused of cherry picking. Why would I not choose the most beautiful sweetest shiny fruit? Why would I not ask questions or wonder if a story is literal or a parable? In every book I read. I can’t remember how many authors the bible has but I know not one of them was perfect. They all had flaws and unique perceptions based on who they were, and what was going on at that time hundreds and thousands of years ago. It was their interpretation of what they felt God was revealing to them. They were imperfect men. Much of it aligns with universal truth and much of it reveals the pure love of God. Those bits I pick. Universal truth and cultural relativity. In other books I find different bits of wisdom and I mesh them all together to make my own book of all that sits well with my soul. For those who believe every single word that’s ok too, that’s your truth you can live with which fits in with your life and soul. Just don’t get so hung up on the rules you forget the love bit, the Jesus bit.
So the meaning of life is found in the question and the quest to answer it. The journey is the destination.