20 of The Deepest Existential Questions (And What I Think About Each) 2154

20 of The Deepest Existential Questions (And What I Think About Each)

Life takes many forms. But what separates us from other beings is our ability to rationalize it.

The moments when we sit by ourselves and contemplate on the unknown are powerful and can lead to some great realizations that can change the course of our life.

So if you too are a fan of existential questions, here are some I was thinking about today (and almost any other day, actually):

My Answers to 20 Existential Questions

1. What’s the meaning of life?

To make us learn and grow, show us good and bad, let us choose who to be and what to do each day while giving us many opportunities to change and be better.

If we leave this life without having achieved anything, helped others, reached peace of mind, found light in the darkness and developed spiritually, then it would be meaningless.

2. How do we measure life?

It’s a series of present moments. Each is brief, but also wonderful and a blessing given to us. We can let it pass, or grab it, experience it and make the most of it.

3. How can we have healthy relationships?

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By first fixing the one we have with ourselves, meaning we must first accept, forgive, appreciate, be honest with and love ourselves before we try to connect with others on a deeper level.

4. What’s our biggest mistake?

That we think we have time.

5. Will we be punished for our sins?

The only punishment is the guilt we live in. We create prisons in our heads where we relive our bad deeds over and over again and thus let them define us. But as creators, we can also break free from that.

If we ask for forgiveness and start doing good and going beyond ourselves, we’ll find salvation.

It won’t be given to us, we’ll find it ourselves in the joy and peace we’ll see in life as it is, without trying to change anything, hurt others, control or take anything.

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6. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

There’s a certain moment at the end of each day when we’re on our own, without other people or anything to distract us, when nothing else needs to be done, and when random thoughts go away.

If at that moment we feel good about ourselves and can go to sleep with a smile looking forward to the next day, then we’ve done our best and it was the right thing to do at this point in our lives. If not, then something must be changed.

7. Are we in control of our lives?

The only things we have control over are the present moment, our reaction to what life throws at us, and our habits.

If we learn to be mindful and enjoy the present, think before we act and show understanding, and slowly change our behavior by building better habits, then we can have control over that part of our life. And it can make us happy and successful enough. As for the rest, we need to be strong enough to accept it and let it be.

8. What’s the most important moment of our life?

Each and every one of it.

If we start looking at it this way, we’ll achieve greatness and find true contentment.

9. Is one life enough?

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One of the deepest existential questions is ‘Is one life enough?’ The answer lies in the actions you take today and how you decide to spend your time.

It may be more than enough. But at the same time, 10 lives cannot be enough to reach a single goal or fix a tiny problem.

Just like a productive person can get a lot done in a few hours and feel accomplished, while another can be stuck in an office trying to complete a short to-do list and feel exhausted from the beginning.

Time is subjective. But apparently, it’s what we make of it.

10. Is there life after death?

The only thing that is sure about the future is that it’s uncertain.

The best you can do is live in a way so that your death will be a celebration of your life.

11. What’s the universal language?


12. Are we all equal?

Yes. In our pains and reasons to smile.

13. Why do we take life for granted?

Because it’s given to us just like that. We indulge in bad behaviors, turn to easy solutions to problems, let distractions get in the way and forget what’s important.

But, most of all, we forget that this life is a gift with an expiration date.

14. What do we need in this world?

Less than we think.

15. Can we have it all?

No. And we don’t need to.

We have a wrong perception of what essential means. Life is about prioritizing, really. There’s just not enough time in a day and in a lifetime to achieve all goals, reach the top of all fields, be everywhere, become many things, etc.

But it’s just enough to make something big out of it if we define what’s essential and dedicate enough time and energy to get it.

Choose one thing and master it.

16. Is life unfair?

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No. We just have a broken idea of fairness.

17. Do people change?

Yes. All the time. And if you’re not aware of it, then it’s in a bad way.

18. Is there something more to life?

If you’re asking yourself that, then you need more meaning in your days.

Go out there, try different stuff and see what you care about, what you’re passionate about and what excites you. Then combine these in a unique way and make something beautiful out of that.

19. Do we need to be saved?

There are two options. You can either ask yourself that and wait for a savior. Or you can make a plan, take action and create things that will make your life and the life of others better in some way.

20/ Why are some people mean?

Because of their own insecurities and issues. They find comfort in hurting others.

But you should know it’s nothing personal. Keep in mind that life in their head isn’t easy either. So smile back to them and show compassion. Maybe that’s all they need.

What are your answers to these existential questions? And what others do you ponder?

I gathered 20 of the deepest, and most important existential questions about life, love, meaning, and more. Added my answers too. Check them out:

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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 13

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.