What’s The Meaning Of Life?
Will Wilkinson, in his article, expresses his misgivings about the idea that life is absurd without God.
“[W]hat do you do with folks like me who are sure that life has meaning without having any supernatural beliefs at all–who think the question of the meaningfulness of life is logically independent of questions about the existence or nonexistence of supernatural stuff.”
Well, that’s all well and fine. Whatever meaning you’ve found for yourself, as you really ought to know by now, is subjective and ultimately meaningless. Whatever meaning you can ascribe to your life, absent a transcendent meaning-giver –otherwise known as God– will have no epistemic difference from, say, what the next chap subjectively feels is the meaning of his life. The meaning of your life, then, is really just your opinion. That’s fine.
If to some random NBA athlete, the meaning of life is to be as good as Michael Jordan, that’s fine. If to Obama, the meaning of life is to be the best president in the history of the United States, that’s fine. If to Dahmer, the meaning of life is to sodomize the corpses of young boys, that’s fine. Certainly, if your point is that life can have meaning absent God, then you’re right. It can. Once you’ve beaten MJ, and have become the best president the world has ever know, what’s next? A billion dollars would be nice. Maybe that can be the next meaning of life to you; to have a billion dollars. Or, hey, helping the needy might make you feel important and increase your sense of self-worth. Maybe that can give meaning to your life. Awesome.
You can see where this is going.
It’s pretty clear that absent God, people merely jump from one subjective meaning to the next to avoid the stark reality of an ultimately meaningless existence.
The irony is that, in the atheist’s attempt to kill God, who he feels represses and subjugates, he only succeeds in killing himself; In his attempt to be free from the one he says enslaves, he imprisons himself.