Life is a gift. There is meaning to this gift of life only when it is reciprocated. Our lives create meaning when they benefit others. Big or small, the benefits carry meaning. For example, parents nurture the young and the young become caregivers of the old. The true teacher inspires learning that creates and transforms people to lead meaningful lives. The scientists and technologists discover and invent to improve human lives. The artists and architects bring aesthetic meanings around us while musicians create melodies to bring rhythmic meaning into daily lives. Above all, goodness envelopes us whether talented or untalented by the sheer sweetness that makes every life worth living. Finally, we give back to life when we protect the earth not only for us, but for the future generations. Thus we make the meaning of life complete.
We live in the world, among living people. The meaning of life then is focussed on giving. In every walk of life, there are givers and receivers. Shakespeare’s words about mercy can be applied in this context,
“The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:”
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I