Despair, bitterness, and anger are just some of the picked fruits of a decision that “life is meaningless.” Such a belief negates cause and effect.
Therefore, when an armed person walks into a mall or a school and starts shooting people, the shooter believes their “meaningless act” carries no consequence. They’re dead wrong.
People’s lives are lost, families are emotionally devastated, survivors are scarred by scenes they can’t unsee. Communities, nations, and the world mourn. Why is that?
As challenging as it may be to prove the existence of a higher power or God, it is just as difficult to prove the nonexistence of the same. What on earth is one to do?
The nihilist, absurdist, and post-modern philosophies of existentialism must be taken to their ultimate conclusion to be discredited. Meaningless translates to life is nothing. In the mind of the random shooter, it doesn’t matter.
Either life is meaningful or meaningless. There is no middle ground.You’re either left creeping down the ever darkening and narrowing hall to certain hopelessness, or you take a blind leap of faith toward the liberating light that life is meaningful, and, therefore, your life has meaning and purpose. Such a cause-and-effect existence translates to accountability and responsibility for one’s actions.
The moment you found your 2-word purpose, even if it wasn’t a 10 out of 10, rays of the pure white light of meaning shone onto the darkness of deep doubt. Clarifying your purpose put actionable words around your reason-for-being and opened the possibility for a partnership with the source of meaning. This experience carries a strange combination of fear and trembling out of respect for the stewardship opportunity. It also arrives with the joy of recognizing one’s identity, the power of belonging, and the energy of freedom to actualize the promise of your purpose to being true to you and in service to the common good.