Monday, October 11, 2004

What is the Meaning of Life?

With exams looming, stress levels surging, and heightened mental activity, every now and then, somewhere in a quiet corner of the campus, there will be someone asking herself such a question.

Checking our library's OPAC system for "meaning of life" will yield about 10 books on the subject. 10 BOOKS! Frankly, who would read a whole book or even chapter just to get this question answered, especially during the exam period?

Here's my short and direct answer to the question:

The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.

Thanks, I only copied the first one of a litany of definitions.

I wonder why no one has ever asked me such a question.

P.S. Here's an interesting site on the meaning of life, with video interviews of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and the like waxing lyrical about the subject. Yet none of them really answer the question directly, unlike me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Calm One,
You are evil!

6:08 PM  

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