Growing up as children many of us have one burning question, what is the meaning of life?

The reason this question shines so bright is because no one can answer it, we get a different response from everyone we ask. Some people believe there is no meaning; our lives are just the effects of entropy. Some hold close their religion and believe that we are here by the will of a higher power. Many do not claim either as a fallacy and just don’t think about it. I however, do. Our meaning is central to our existence and without meaning we lose focus. It can be something as small as feeding a stray cat or as big as running a country. Our jobs give us meaning and so do our loved ones, but this does not give us a straight answer, we want a holistic meaning, something that binds us all together and explains our existence.

Well,  I believe I have that answer, well my own answer anyway. I would like to start my explanation by quoting a man who is revered for his intelligence, Albert Einstein. He once said “A human being is part of a whole called a universe, a part limited by time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate to the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this delusion by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”.

We live in a universe we hardly understand and act so confident in what we know. We have forgotten how to be humble and have drifted away from what really makes us human. What Einstein saw was a universe, and rather than seeing us in the universe, he knew we were the universe. The very molecules in our fingertips were made in the final moments of a dying star, the explosion sent them flying in every direction to eventually, one day, take on the form of a human being. The electricity that passes through our brain is the same as the light that tears through the sky in a heavy storm. The water that powers our cells travelled billions of miles through space before crashing to the earth to become the oceans. We are connected to the cosmos in ways our minds fail to see and this is where our problems lie, we cannot see that we are all the same.  We like to be different and stand out from the crowd when really we should be concentrating on what we can achieve, together.

We are all one and everything we do affects the world around us, from an action to a thought. Every action we ever take stems from our strongest emotion, what guides us as a species, is love.

But what is love, could you explain it if I asked you to? I quote Anne Hathaway when she says “Love isn’t something that we invented. It’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something. Maybe it means something more, something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artefact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. Love is the one thing that we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.” She’s not wrong. People believe love is an instinct. It keeps us safe and prolongs our lives. But if this is true then why do we still love people who have died, or old friends we see every so often. We love because the universe wants us to love. It wants us to experience the joy, the pain and everything that comes along with it.

I am blessed to have had experiences that defy logic, I have walked the tight rope between life and death and I believe I landed this side so I could share my experiences with the world. I understand the love the universe holds, and how this binds us together in a cosmic dance of which we are just leaves in the wind. So, if anyone were to ask me what the meaning of life is, I would say that it is love – the good, the bad and everything in-between. This is our lesson, and the universe will keep teaching us until we get it right so spread that love to anyone you can. Be the part of the universe you want to be remembered as, love all humans and animals alike with an unconditional love, as if each of them was your sister or brother. Dance your way through the cosmos and embrace what you truly are…

Good luck Star Dust.

Alex Fletcher

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