Many people are really struggling to understanding the purpose of life or just to make sense the "why are we here on earth". The purpose of this article is to highlight how the problem-solving blueprint that most are familiar with could serve as solution to understanding Life and its purpose.
The 1000 pieces Puzzle Game
Imagine someone trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle of one thousand pieces. Just imagine the same person being given all the pieces without the big picture or the image they should have at the end of their endeavor. If the person spends its time trying to study each piece separately, it would be extremely time consuming and nearly impossible to for them to build the entire puzzle within a certain time-frame. Mainly when the person engages in analyzing every detail about each piece then tries to deduct the entire picture based on one piece alone. It is possible that from time to time the conclusion of their analysis could brush a speck of truth, but this way of solving the problem is nothing but a pure guessing game. Unfortunately, this is how we try to explain Life and the Purpose of Life. The world surrounding us is not any different from that little piece of the puzzle. All scientific disciplines are attempting to understand the puzzle of life by over analyzing our universe even though most have rightfully reached the conclusion that our universe is so tiny compared the various solar systems, stars already discovered, and the entire creation. When things get beyond the intellectual capacity to understand, the investigators manufacture big strange names in foreign languages to hide their ignorance.
We know that the best way to solve a puzzle game is to first have an overall clear picture of what all the pieces must build in the end. With this picture in mind, we can start sorting the pieces into groups based on shapes and/or patterns. Once everything is clearly sorted out, there is no need to try to over-analyze each piece individually rather trying to understand how each piece relates to others and the entire picture, where and how it could fit. Taking this approach is natural, easy, and doesn’t require special education or making up things to blur our ignorance. This could be called a top-down or big picture approach. We know that this works, yet we don’t use the same method in understanding life and its purpose.
We fully understand that life is made of things that are physically tangible and others that are intangibles. Yet we want to explain everything just from the physical perspective and when things don’t make sense in this isolated approach, the investigators blur their ignorance with expressions that a layman is incapable to understand. This creates two classes: the intellectuals with their “knowledge” and everyone else. The more foreign terms they memorize, the more fame and admiration they claim, meanwhile the common individual is overwhelmed by all the nonsense generated by the foreign language. Try to have a simple conversation with a biologist, scientist, lawyer, a doctor, a spiritual guru, a religious leader, and so forth. They always seem to speak a foreign language just as if simple English is a problem. These are the people that we trust to lead individuals and nations. No wonder we are all left confused because none of them is capable of providing the much-needed clear big picture that embraces everything in simple words.
The misfortune of this lack of clarity and simplicity is that many have been forced to reject everything therefore throwing the baby with its bathwater. But such attitude can not only be attributed to the special investigators because each one of us has the free will to ask questions, observe nature, question everything, turn blind faith into living conviction. The majority chose not undertake this task simply because it requires personal effort and they prefer the easy path of blaming others for misleading them. Some have gone as far as believing that it is the responsibility of the investigators to do the work and then come educate them. Meanwhile, they use their time on more important things. The so-called more important things are watching TV, being entertained, self-indulgence, making money, deceiving others, accumulating earthly possessions, so on and so forth.
People display a shallow interest in understanding life only when something drastic negatively affect their life such as the lost of a loved one, rejections, disappointments, a terminal illness, and the likes. This is when the name “God” is remembered stammering at best but accusing and blaming at worst. Everyone wants someone to blame but self. We quickly forget that we’ve been wasting time on ephemeral things and vanity, therefore, our confusion and ignorance are well deserved.
To you who are genuinely trying to understand life and the purpose of life. I suggest that you invest time learning to understand the big picture first. Once you have one big picture of everything, this includes God, Creation, the Non-physical and the physical, then just as in reverse-engineering, you can start to learn where each fit in the entire puzzle. It is only when you have a good understanding of where everything fits in the big picture that you will then learn how they relate to one another. Furthermore, you will be able to comprehend the “why” of everything and how it relates to you. If you are interested in investigating further, remember that one doesn’t explore the sea with an airplane or space with a boat. The physical can be investigated with the physical tools while the non-physical can only be investigated with the non-physical tools. However, both the physical and the non-physical only make sense in relationship with one another. With this understanding, you will be able to observe in your own surrounding, how the truth permeates every piece and how they work harmoniously in a perfectly orchestrated mechanism. You will be able to comprehend why everything in life is maintained by and in constant movement. You will understand how and why anything that doesn’t swing along with the movement will eventually be cast out under the immense pressure of the whole, including you. You will become very humble and mesmerized by how simple and perfect God’s wisdom is. This will leave you speechless!