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02-12-2003, 01:54 AM
When I get asked the question(s)

"Why do you live your life?" or "What's your goal in life?"

I've always answered to maximize utility (happiness).

Is that a good/fair answer? Is it an answer that can be universally applied.

And if so, is it fair to say the all decisions that have a negative utiltity should not be made?

Rick Nebiolo
02-12-2003, 02:34 AM
define "happiness" /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

and a link to my favorite book on the subject:


~ Rick

02-12-2003, 02:53 AM
This link may help but somehow I doubt it. Try it and see. Good Luck. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif The Meaning of Life (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558806768/qid%3D1045032082/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F1/104-0768012-4516765)


John Cole
02-12-2003, 05:47 AM

One of the blurbs for the book says that "you won't need a dictionary by your side to be able to read it."

Sorry, Rick, but I would need my hardcover American Heritage by my side--and somebody to bang me over the head with it--to get through one f****** page.


Rick Nebiolo
02-12-2003, 06:31 AM

OK Mr. "Hoity Toity" (sp?) College Professor!

Here are links to two consecutive pages from the book:

What can't you like about what Dennis has to say?

Still your friend,


Phat Mack
02-12-2003, 06:32 AM
Sorry, John. I read the blurb. I'm going to have to recommend Webster's 2nd here.

02-12-2003, 11:44 AM
"Why do you live your life?" Because the alternative is less functional.

02-12-2003, 11:52 AM
Well, that's the end of the film. Now, here's the meaning of life. [Receives an envelope.] Thank you, Brigitte. [Opens envelope, reads what's inside.] M-hmm. Well, it's nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. And, finally, here are some completely gratuitous pictures of penises to annoy the censors and to hopefully spark some sort of controversy, which, it seems, is the only way, these days, to get the jaded, video-sated public off their [censored] arses and back in the sodding cinema! Family entertainment? Bollocks! What they want is filth: people doing things to each other with chainsaws during tupperware parties, babysitters being stabbed with knitting needles by gay presidential candidates, vigilante groups strangling chickens, armed bands of theatre critics exterminating mutant goats! Where's the fun in pictures?! Oh, well, there we are. Here's the theme music. Goodnight.

02-12-2003, 03:41 PM
I read the pages from the web links. In my opinion, the book is insipid drivel and psycho-babble rolled into a neat package of trite, be-happy propaganda. It makes me happy to recommend that the book be burned, and the ashes spread out over the backyard garden. Which you will then need to cultivate.

Le Misanthrope

02-12-2003, 03:47 PM
i like the answer 'victory' , but uncompetitive (noncompetitive?) people dont get it at all. heh

Ed I
02-12-2003, 09:21 PM
Easy, I'll answere that question Thursday for myself, as I stalk sipping trout in calf deep water.