What’s the Point of Everything?

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You ever just stop and wonder what the point is to everything? It doesn’t even have to be with a sense of resignation or disappointment (although, for a lot of people, I think that’s the case). From a place of pure curiosity (and maybe in hopes of making the most of the time here), what is the point, really?

Although I question most religious beliefs, I do believe there’s a higher organizing force. Still, even believing in that higher force, I wonder if there’s a point to it all.

Yet, if I try to stand firmly on the other side of the debate — there is no point — that doesn’t seem right either.

I’m reminded of the Viktor Frankl quote (Man’s Search for Meaning):

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life, and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life. To life he can only respond by being responsible.”

A little free-writing: You must answer for your life. Respond by being responsible. Take responsibility. Respons-, Latin meaning “answered, offered in return.” Offered in return for life. Here is my answer. Here is my response. Here is what I offer in return for life.

When I think of it that way, What’s the point? is not the wrong question, it’s just being asked of me by life instead of the other way around.

That changes things.

About the author

E.H. Bellefontaine

Evangeline Henry Bellefontaine is the fictional writer behind Maison d'Evangeline (and More Beautiful Good on Medium). She writes mostly on the topics of bibliotherapy (books + therapy), personal growth, and doing the work. Follow by subscribing to Bibliothérapie.

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