Saturday, October 08, 2011

Meaningless or Meaningful Lives???

There are some stories that raises questions that are tough to answer. Today's TOI Story on  "Satisfied with Life, Couple ends life in Goa" is one of them. In the suicide note, the couple wrote

"We have lived a very eventful and happy life together. We've travelled the world, lived in different countries, made more money than we ever thought possible, and enjoyed spending as much of it as we could on things that brought us joy and satisfaction. We believe in the philosophy that our life belongs to us and only us, and we have the right to choose to die as much as we have the right to live."
On the close heels of an IIM-Bangalore student committing, It shocked me to see people living "meaningless" lives or a life without purpose. Life "for many Indians" today has become just about earning money and spending it in material things - which they believe - is the only source of joy and satisfaction. They fail to understand there is more to life that just material things that supposedly bring joy and satisfaction. 

Personally, for me - my purpose is largely derived from my Christian beliefs. It is easier to believe your life has a purpose [:)] when you don't believe that you are created because of a random chance. 

P.S: Know this is more an one-off event. But still i fear this may not be the end of these suicides of people who supposedly have "everything" in life.. 


Bernice Jacinth Agastin said...

Good one !! Belief in God helps people accomplish a meaningful life rather than doing it away.
To everyone: Clayton Christensen a Harvard prof's article is available at It is worth reading the whole of it !!

Robin said...

Thanks for the wonderful link. Personally made me re-look at a few things in life...


Bernice Jacinth Agastin said...

My pleasure !