What is the meaning of life? As far as I can remember, I’ve been asking myself what I am doing here.
I want to share some scientific discoveries that, coupled with philosophical concepts, changed my belief system. By no means I’m preaching an absolute truth; it’s just food for thought. I hope you enjoy it.
Through school and religion, I didn’t get any satisfactory answer. My first contact with philosophy happened in university, but sociology and politics caught my attention. These 2 topics served me as a palliative solution to an apparently inexplicable question: What am I doing here?
The trigger for an internal revolution happened when I heard about the double-slit experiment. It demonstrates that everything in the universe is wave and matter at the same time.
In other words, everything is energy. That’s right, my friend, the building blocks of the universe are waves.
This was a hard nut to crack. At the time, I despised mystics and religion. And I couldn’t help but remember phrases like, “Positive vibes!”
And to make everything worse, right after I got to know the Higgs Field. This is nothing more than an energy field that permeates everything in the universe; Everything emerges from this field. The maxim: “We are one!” echoed in my mind; I was in shock.
Science and Philosophy
I was obviously wondering how these discoveries didn’t hit the media, or at least our schools. The double-slit experiment was first performed in 1801! More than 200 years ago!
In the 17th century, the physicist and philosopher René Descartes proposed to separate science from the philosophical quest to explain our existence. By that time, it didn’t happen, but in the early 20th century, quantum physicists have adhered to this proposal.
For this reason, one of the greatest physicists of all time said:
Science advances one funeral at a time.Max Planck
At this point, I had to admit that the philosophers and mystics, at least nowadays, are more capable of answering my central question: What’s the meaning of life?
I started studying philosophy to ease the learning curve because mysticism would be too hard to diggest. And nothing better than to start the research knowing what the word philosophy means.
Sacred Geometry and the Meaning of Life
Right away, I learned that the term philosophy was probably coined by Pythagoras. Pythagoras who?
Pythagoras was a great greek sage and left a magnificent legacy for philosophy and mathematics. I think we all studied the Pythagorean Theorem in school, do you remember?
But what probably none of us know that for Pythagoras, the numbers had a meaning. That’s right, every number has a sacred, symbolic meaning and is associated with a particular geometric representation.
This field of study is what we call sacred geometry. In ancient times geometry and mathematics were the same things.
Since mathematics is the language of the universe, geometry must be a graphic description of it. Unlike mathematics, which is abstract, geometry has shape, length, and depth.
Numbers are the highest degree of knowledge; it is knowledge itself.Plato
Sacred geometry looks for common patterns in nature that can be expressed mathematically.
The more technology advances, the more we can see these same patterns in galaxies and microscopic particles such as DNA.
The study of the universe’s geometry invariably leads us to the question: Does it happen by chance, or is there an intelligence behind it?
No man is wise except God.Pythagoras
Pythagoras and all the great thinkers of antiquity seem to have the answer.
At that stage, I needed to surrender entirely to the existence of a Supreme Mind. The next logical step was to understand what God is.
Once again, in ancient Greece, I made significant progress in understanding the meaning of life.
The philosopher Plato developed a critical theory called the “Theory of Ideas.” Briefly, he says: everything that manifests in the material plane comes from the mental plane. The most famous example is a chair. Before it is built (exists on the material plane), it has to be idealized in its creator’s mind (mental plane).
Plato’s theory leaves several hints that the creator’s mind is God. Few scholars consider that if he said it, he would be sentenced to death just like Socrates.
Misinterpretations apart, Plato’s theory demonstrates that everything in the universe comes from the mind of God.
Plato called these Mental Creations: archetypes. Archetypes are God’s first emanation, the perfection of everything. Therefore, the best chair we could ever build is imperfect and could only be thought of by a human through the design of God’s perfect chair: the archetype of the chair.
Therefore, for everything that exists here, there is a corresponding archetype: the archetype of the soccer player, the businessman, the table, the eagle, the tree, the star, and so on.
In the early 20th century, Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung revived the archetype’s concept bringing it into psychoanalysis. Although it’s not a well-spread knowledge, its applications affect everyone’s lives, and you will understand a little bit of why.
Symbols to Give a Meaning to Life
In Joseph Campbell’s exceptional work, “The Masks of God,” he demonstrates that humans have always used symbols to induce specific feelings and behaviors in people.
One example of symbols that have been used for personal development is the Mandala.
The word Mandala comes from Sanskrit and means circle. Tibetan and Buddhist monks, for example, use different Mandalas to reach higher states of meditation and connect with higher energies.
We can also use symbols to sell ideas and products. Nazis used the Swastika to sell a concept to the mass.
Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays, in the 1920’s, demonstrated that the use of archetypes and symbols are incredibly effective in increasing the sales of a product. And from then on, marketing, advertising, and the entertainment industry invested millions of dollars in this area.
Symbols are more real than the thing they symbolize; the signifier precedes and determines the signified.Lévi-Strauss
The neuroscientist, Dr. Eric Nestler, proved that when we are continuously exposed to a specific visual stimulus, it causes a change in our brain architecture and chemistry.
This is why advertisers know that the consumer needs to see an ad at least 6 times.
That’s right, looking at an image causes the human brain to produce neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical components manufactured by neurons to inhibit or stimulate other nerve cells. These substances cause emotions, feelings, and behavior.
Therefore, we can create whatever emotion we want in ourselves or others by stimulating neurotransmitters’ creation. The possibilities are endless when you know the chemistry of emotions.
This understanding is critical for those who want to have control of their lives. Ignorance on this topic leaves us prone to be easily manipulated.
A New Era
The knowledge of these scientific discoveries opens up a massive opportunity to create a more fair and advanced society.
After coming into contact with all this research and concepts, I have an answer to my most significant question. The meaning of life is life itself! As my mentor says, we came here to study, work, and help others. Just because these are the pillars of personal growth.
Everything in the universe evolves continuously; nothing is static. And as we have seen, knowledge is power, but only if it’s put into practice. So, let’s get to work!
Special thanks to Alex Kondratiev, Gabby, and NASA for the beautiful photos.
Understanding the Signs of Life
As Carl Jung said: “Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see.” Life is symbolic and pedagogical. It teaches us all the time!