Life Has no Meaning if You’re an Atheist?

Not completely true, life has personal and social meaning but not universal meaning. But life doesn’t need universal meaning to hold or create meaning in life, we do it all the time most often without even trying. In fact prosocial interactions makes life meaning or “Fullness of Life/Emotional Wellbeing” an often unstated drive in life. To me respect not earned or freely offered is most likely fear. Where there is fear, one may be far from hope. Where there is hate, one may be far from love. Full respect should be generated to express a kind of love and hope. We seem to be our best when freely embracing love free of hate and respect free from fear.

According to our early childhood education experts, pro-social behavior is when children show positive behaviors such as sharing, cooperating, empathy, and taking turns when interacting with others. These skills can help children build strong friendships and relationships and enable children to navigate different social circumstances in a constructive manner. Put differently, children experience many of the same emotional trials as adults – interpersonal conflict, the loss of loved ones, even the challenges of economic hardship are not lost on children. If a child is not given the emotional tools to handle those trials, they can have a lasting negative impact on his or her life. The more emotional education a child can receive at a young age, the better. If children’s behavioral problems are ignored, they are more likely to struggle in school and act out later in life. The value of encouraging “pro-social behavior” at a young age isn’t just a theory of ours. Our research and education team has demonstrated its importance and the effectiveness of our educational methods time and again. Ref

According to Biologist Edward O. Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and the author of the new book The Meaning of Human Existence, knew that it was vital that he define “meaning” early on in his book, lest he be attacked by a hornet’s nest of philosophers. Thus, he identifies the meaning of meaning as:

What are we and why?

Where do we come from?

Where are we most likely to be headed?

Biologist Edward O. Wilson, believes there are five scientific disciplines which he identifies as the leaders in determining life meaning:

1. Evolutionary biology: “That is, biology seen in a historical context going all the way back millions of years to the origin of the human species.”

2. Paleontology: “Which segues as we come closer to modern humanity and the invention of agriculture and the birth of the Neolithic period turns into archaeology. So archaeology and paleontology, which are on a different time scale, is the other discipline, a second discipline.”

3. Neuroscience: “It’s progressing so rapidly in so many ways.”

4. Artificial Intelligence: “Coming out of brain science or running parallel to it and trading with it and depending upon it and driving from it.”

5. Robotics: “The notion of studying the mind in perfecting artificial intelligence, and more than that; creating what the artificial intelligence and robotics people call whole brain emulation. That is using robots as avatars and creating robots that are by design an imitation of what we know about the brain more and more like humans.”

The five disciplines above serve as bridges “to tell us what the meaning of humanity is.” Wilson calls it the product of a grand epic, the full story of humanity. Together, they will explain what we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Ref