Did Monty Python get it right?
October 1, 2011 11:02 AM Subscribe
In the grand scheme of things, why keep on living?
posted by gakiko to Religion & Philosophy (77 answers total) 95 users marked this as a favorite
Some background: My boyfriend is having a rough year - death and illness in the family, plans for fun things falling through, stressful job, car problems, which in turn caused money problems, and to top it off, sports equipment failure (not easily fixable or replaceable, at least not on our budget), which means he can't practice his hobbies for several months.
He's become quite depressed after the latest series of life's punches, doesn't find anything fun anymore and seriously questions the meaning of life. At least the standard definition of life for the working class: go to work to get paid so you can pay the bills which enable you to live so you can go to work (oh, and maybe try to cram a little fun into your remaining free time if life lets you). So why keep on living?
I would like to give him an answer, but I don't have it. Neither of us has any special talents or passions, any connections to the rich&powerful or any chances at winning the lottery, but I've made my peace with my future. I'm ok with having a "small life" and doing nothing extraordinary except having a laugh with my friends and family and reading a good book every now and then. He obviously doesn't find this a good enough reason. I'm hoping you'll help me come up with something better.
So, the short version: Why keep on going through the daily grind for the rest of your life?