What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of life? This question has puzzled the human race for about as long as it has existed. This begs the question, if no-one has thought of an answer by now, no-one including geniuses such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, then why ask a fourteen year old boy? The answer to that is simple, I am a complete and utter genius, a super genius if you will. Of course this idea is quite laughable, and the real reason one might perhaps ask me is to evaluate my understanding of the following:
Where am I going?
Different philosophies of life
Why some people are religious
What makes someone religious
Why Catholics are religious
Can a person be Christian just by being good
How Catholics find meaning and purpose
And so on and so on.

Personally I think there is no meaning to life and life is what you make of it, but that is not the answer that is expected of me, in fact the answer expected of me is probably along the lines of this
What is the meaning of life?
What is the meaning of life? Everyone has wondered about the answer to this question at some point in their lives, in fact this question builds the bases of a mid-life crises. At about forty men and women start going, whats the point, who cares anymore? What IS the meaning of life? whether this is true or not I wouldnt know, never having experienced a mid-life crises myself, being, as I mentioned earlier, only fourteen. Nevertheless, it is an important question. Now before I inform you of my revised opinion of this question, lets first take a look at other peoples views.

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Being as there are a wide variety of people on this planet there are a wide variety of answers to this question. These range from the meaning of life is to become a {insert name of cult, religion, organisation etc here} to the meaning of life is to eat your own foot. The question then is which one is right. The answer to that question is, they all are okay, maybe not, but they are all right in the individual mind of each person who created that singular answer, this is also not true but it is a very good lie. However if you yourself have no answer to this question then you are likely to come under one of the following: Existentialist, Humanist, Materialistic, Nihilist or Religious.

These are the main philosophies of life, existentialism being the a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one’s acts. Humanism being a philosophy that centres on humans and their values, capacities, and worth. Materialism being the philosophy that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life. Nihilism being the rejection of all distinctions in moral or religious value and a willingness to repudiate all previous theories of morality or religious belief. And finally religious which is having or showing belief in and reverence for God or a deity. It is of course possible to come under more of one of the above. There, you now know what you are, happy? No, of course your not, you want to know more dont you? Okay, fineWhy would someone become religious? Thats a good question.

Well the answer to this for most people is surprisingly easy, because they have no choice, they where baptised before they could even talk. But what about adults who get baptised? I hear you cry, well okay, I dont because Im sure youre a) not that sad, and b) I cant hear youbut anyway, why would someone become religious of their own free will? This could happen for two reasons, okay, three: One) They suddenly decide its their vocation, their calling and go out to become religious because they feel like it, Two) They need some sort of forgiveness or absolution because theyve done something wrong, and Three) By accident, you know the sort of thing, you get really drunk and wake up with a wife in Las Vegas and a new religionokay maybe not, but the first two are valid answers.

Why are Catholics religious? This question is completely self explanatory, what is Catholicism? A religion, therefore its religious which makes a catholic a religious person. Okay, next question How can God still help people even though we cant see him? Well, what has that got to do with the meaning of life? Nothing! But I better answer it because its on my little list of things to include
Urm, right yeah. This is a hard one, okay, how can God still help us even though we cant see him? Can you see the wind? No, but it still moves things around. Can you see the air? No, but its till allows you to breathe. Even though you cant see God he can still help you if you let him. As it says in the bible we are Gods hands on earth Or was that a famous quote? Well that doesnt really matter. However if you dont believe in God, then you are only asking this question to be annoying, and thats not very nice is it?
So what have we covered so far? Different philosophies of life, why people become religious, vocations, why Catholics are religious and how God can help us even though we cant see him. Okay, this next question I am going to try and tie in with the whole What is the meaning of life? thing. Lets say the meaning of life is to be good, and that another view on the meaning of life is to be a Christian, can a person be a Christian just by being good? I believe the answer is no, however a person can still get to heaven by being good. Say if you become a Christian just because you think it will mean you automatically become a good person but you are mean and horrible, and another person decides not to become a Christian but remains a good and honest person, then who deserves to go to heaven? Obviously the good person, the good person being the one who is actually good, not the Christian who is merely good by default.

Now at about one thousand and ninety-six words, I think it would be a good idea for me too bring this essay to a close, however much I would love to go on about baptism and sacramentsWait, am I going to lose marks missing them out? Hmmokay lets rethink this, we have already established I am a super genius therefore one should hope I fully understand baptism and the sacraments so I am going to leave them out and hope