In their 1983 film Monty Python the Meaning of Life the Pythons defined the meaning of life as Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.”
“The mystery of life and its meaning is an often recurring subject in popular culture, featured in entertainment media and various forms of art.
In Douglas Adams’ popular comedy book, movie, television, and radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is given the numeric solution , after seven and a half million years of calculation by a giant supercomputer called Deep Thought. When this answer is met with confusion and anger from its constructors, Deep Thought explains that I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you’ve never actually known what the question is. In the continuation of the book, the question is proposed to be the song of Bob Dylan “”How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man.In the sequel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it states that the question is 6×9. While 6 x 9 = 54 in base 10, it does equal 42 in base 13, which author Adams claimed was completely serendipitous.
In Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, there are several allusions to the meaning of life. At the end of the film, a character played by Michael Palin is handed an envelope containing the meaning of life which he opens and reads out to the audience: Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. Many other Python sketches and songs are also existential in nature, questioning the importance we place on life (“”Always Look on the Bright Side of Life””) and other meaning-of-life related questioning. John Cleese also had his sit-com character Basil Fawlty contemplating the futility of his own existence in Fawlty Towers.
In The Simpsons episode “”Homer the Heretic””, a representation of God agrees to tell Homer what the meaning of life is, but the show’s credits begin to roll just as he starts to say what it is
To realize one’s potential and ideals
To chase dreams.
To live one’s dreams.
To spend it for something that will outlast it.
To matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.
To expand one’s potential in life.
To become the person you’ve always wanted to be.
To become the best version of yourself.
To seek happiness and flourish.
To be a true authentic human being.
To be able to put the whole of oneself into one’s feelings, one’s work, one’s beliefs.
To follow or submit to our destiny.
To achieve eudaimonia, a flourishing of human spirit.
To achieve biological perfection
To survive, that is, to live as long as possible, including pursuit of immortality (through scientific means).
To live forever or die trying.
To replicate, to reproduce. The ‘dream’ of every cell is to become two cells
To love, to feel, to enjoy the act of living
To love more.
To love those who mean the most. Every life you touch will touch you back.
To treasure every enjoyable sensation one has.
To seek beauty in all its forms.
To have fun or enjoy life.
To seek pleasure
and avoid pain.
To be compassionate.
To be moved by the tears and pain of others, and try to help them out of love and compassion.
To love others as best we possibly can
To seek pleasure
To eat, drink, and be merry.
To have power, to be better
To strive for power and superiority.
To rule the world.
To know and master the world.
To know and master nature.