Uncommon Sense

April 25, 2021

The Meaning of Life, Part Whatever

Filed under: Philosophy,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 10:42 am
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If you have read this blog for any length of time you know my thoughts on “the meaning of life,” mainly that meaning is something we create, rather than something given to us or something we find.

Just to cover all of the bases, I decided to open myself up to a feeling of purpose, of meaning from outside of me. I tried not to force anything, like a source or even a meaning, I just opened myself to the possibility and went about my business.

Both my partner an I are long in the tooth (she is 67, I am 74) and have mastered taking care of one another and ourselves fairly well, and our children are launched into very nice lives, so what other meaning might present itself?

And then it came to me, apparently our meaning in life at this stage of our lives is to make her dog happy. When I see the two of them together playing and the dog is happy, I am happy. When he wants a treat or to be petted, I oblige and am happy to do that. He seems happy to be with me, also, although he has a bit of a licker problem. He likes to lick my chin very, very much, even early in the morning before I have shaved, so I assume he may just be cleaning his tongue off, but he seems to want that and I am happy to oblige.

Never having been a “dog person” through much of my life, maybe I missed the meaning in my earlier life of making my cats happy, can’t really tell.

Considering how much Americans spend on their dogs, maybe this is the meaning of life much of us share. So, is this meaning god-given? If so, it would have to be Anubis or Set if Egyptian, Fenris, or maybe Hecate, or the Morrigan (I am part Irish, you know), or, oh, in America it might just be Coyote, the trickster god. If so then this “meaning” we perceive from the outside may be a trick on our meaning seeking natures.

The search goes on!

PS I just realized that dog is god spelled backwards . . . a sign do you think?


  1. Speaking from experience, the older you get, the meaning of life revolves around trying to remember … words, people, events, etc. 🥴

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    Comment by Nan — April 25, 2021 @ 11:09 am | Reply

    • What do you mean?! Actually studies show that older people are actually slower on recall but that is explained in that older people have more memories to search through. When that is taken into account, there is little difference in memory skills between the young and old . . . Altzeimers and dementia aside, of course.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 25, 2021 @ 11:41 am | Reply

      • Sounds reasonable to me. And I’ll keep it in mind the next time I can’t remember … 😈


        Comment by Nan — April 25, 2021 @ 11:48 am | Reply

  2. Sooooo, as I have six dogs and seven cats (plus 2 strays I take care of), I have a heap of meaning!


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    Comment by john zande — April 25, 2021 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • Yep, want more meaning in your life, get another pet. They will look up to you, depend on you, listen to you, and never, ever contradict you.

      As is said, if you lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car, which do you think will be glad to see you when you open it?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 25, 2021 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

    • And don’t forget that each cat has nine lives so they should count 9 times more than dogs. 🙂

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      Comment by List of X — April 26, 2021 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  3. I’ve never met a person that I couldn’t see the wheels spinning, or when listening to their ideas, haven’t heard them before. Save one. It has had me pondering.


    Comment by dolphinwrite — August 29, 2021 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

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