The current scientific view is that there is no meaning to life beyond simply existing.
Dr. Steven Taylor, PhD, argues against this:
Fortunately, we don’t just have to go through intense suffering to experience these effects. There are also certain temporary states of being when we can sense meaning. Usually this is when our minds are fairly quiet, and we feel at ease with ourselves — for example, when we’re walking in the countryside, swimming in the ocean, or after we’ve meditated or done yoga, or after sex. There is a sense of “rightness” about things. We can look above us at the sky and sense something benevolent in it, a harmonious atmosphere. We can sense a kind of radiance filling the landscape around us, emanating from the trees and fields. We can sense it flowing between us and other people — as a radiant connectedness, a sense of warmth and love. We feel glad to be alive and feel a wide-ranging sense of appreciation and gratitude.
In other words, we find the meaning of life when we “wake up” and experience life and the world more fully. In these terms, the sense that life is meaningless is a kind of distorted, limited view that comes when we are slightly “asleep.” In our highest and clearest states of being, we perceive a meaning that we sense is always there — and that somehow we previously missed. When our awareness intensifies, and our senses open up, there’s a sense of returning home, back to meaning.
In one sentence, the meaning of life is life itself, and everything that constitutes life.
I agree. We are much more than just organic matter and therefore I don’t think science can explain humans entirely.
Perhaps some day we might might become Spock-like logical creatures. But that’s not the present human condition. We are messy. We are emotional. We are complicated. Many of us want and need a reason — beyond merely existing — to live our best possible lives. To live better.
Read the whole article in Psychology Today.