What is the Point of Life – eBook

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New Project: What is the Point of Life eBook
Participation: I need your help!

Mali - our new babyThe post, “What is the Point of Life?” I did in 2007 has been on my mind. There are over 150 comments there from people of all ages, all backgrounds… and I’ve done my best to answer many of the comments they had about the meaning of their lives.

I love this topic – the meaning of life – and I felt compelled to do more.

I’ve got 50 pages done in my “What is the Point of Life” eBook and I need your help.

What I really would love is for you to send me your idea of the point of life so I can use it in the ebook sections where I talk about people’s various ideas about the whole meaning of life.

If you have come to the conclusion that your idea of the point of life is one of these (below), please tell me which one – and write a short couple sentences or 1-2 paragraphs about why you believe the point of life is the one you chose.

Though you choose just one – you can mention any of the others too – but, your main point of life should focus on one.

Your responses will be used in the ebook, and I’ll ask you to agree to letting me publish your statement in the ebook before I release it.

What do you believe is the main point to living life? Choose from these: (or add one if none fit)

  • Freedom
  • Collecting Toys
  • Stretching (pushing yourself to experience new things)
  • Hanging Loose – taking life easy, as stress free as possible
  • Balance – moderation, equanimity
  • Love
  • Accomplishment
  • Success
  • Learning
  • Friendship – including family, children
  • Exploration – seeing new geographical areas
  • Bliss / Happiness
  • Buddhist Nirvana
  • Religion
  • The Future – working toward retirement
  • Self – doing everything for self – making self happiest
  • Helping Others

Thanks so much for your help! Looking forward to hearing from you about your opinion… What is the Point of Life? !! Please pass along to any friends you’d like to as well.

Important Update: What is the Point of Life? ebook is available now – click HERE!


About the Author:

I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.


  1. Jared 05/22/2010 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Life does suck. Especially for a teen in puberty. You have a lot of anger, misery, stress built up inside of you, and one of these days I’m just gonna snap. But i found a outlet. Weed, helps, a lot. And if there was such a thing as Jesus, I’m pretty sure he smoked. He had long hair, he wore mandels, and he had all these great ideas, and that “God” was his father, and his mom was a virgin but had a baby.
    But weed helps with the stress, all your problems go away, and the worlds perfect for a while. But this question had me depressed for a year, I’ve even conteplated suiside. I dont think theres a point, we’re just some cruel amusement for some “higher force”.

    • Jared 05/22/2010 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      Awesome its up there! Thanks you did help me though I wanna buy the book. It would be cool to get it for free though.

      • Jared 05/22/2010 at 11:16 pm - Reply

        I would also like to add that my brother is stationed in Hawaii. He loves it there, and got married. He didn’t have any meaning either so he just went in the marines, i think thats what i’m gonna do.

        • Vern 05/22/2010 at 11:45 pm

          Sounds like a plan.

      • Vern 05/22/2010 at 11:45 pm - Reply

        The ebook is free – will have it up in a day or so!

  2. Dotti Lantis 05/03/2010 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    The Reverand Mele points out “I sure do miss him”, referring to “God”. It’s not God, it’s the fun of not having to be responsible with him in charge that I miss..it takes courage not to believe in a God, in otherwords to be reponsible for yourself. What is the point of life? Believing in yourself. Think about it..from day one the odds are against you. Others would have you believe you’re to large, to oily, to smelly, to sinfilled, to young, to old, to ugly, to dumb, to tall, to dark or not dark enough, the wrong gender, to poor and so on. The whole of your life is spent on proving the “them” (anyone whose not you) wrong. By old age you don’t care if they hate you because you’re beautiful. If you’ve gotten lifes lessons, your reward is, knowing you’re one fine person just as you were born and so is everyone else. It takes a whole life time to learn that. There would be no suicides if we could learn this in our infancy. The point of life might be as simple as irradicating self loathing and perpetuating self acceptance!

  3. hedy 03/31/2010 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I wonder why animals in there natural state don’t have deformities, mental problems or diseases that go on and on. If we were more like them we might not live as long but we wouldn’t worry about it we would just live and then die without thinking about why,

    • Vern 03/31/2010 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Animals have everything you mentioned Hedy. I wish I could have lived without thinking about the why too – it’s a never-ending cause for frustration! lol… :)

  4. Mark White 03/27/2010 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    There are a few stages to go through in life:

    Life is play (childhood)
    Life has no meaning for me (adolescense)
    I have found meaning in my life (adulthood)
    My life has more meaning when I help others (maturity)

  5. Andy Fossett 03/27/2010 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Cool project Vern. I sometimes wonder if it’s even necessary for life to have a point.

    I don’t mean to say that “life is pointless,” or such. I just think that life IS, no matter what we may want to think about it. Whatever we wish life were about – what we want its point to be – life simply is.

    Maybe part of life is just to let go of needing to think there’s a point at all.

    • Vern 03/27/2010 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Agreed… life simply is – whether there is an existential point or not… I have no idea about the “why” of life. Why we’re here. What we should be doing… These are unanswerable in my present state of existence.

      But, what are you doing with your life Andy? If you let go of the idea that there’s a point at all – a personal point, then you give up focusing on – and moving toward whatever it is that you think is important. Is there something worth focusing on? Is it your happiness? Your accomplishments? Your beer?

  6. REV. H. MELE 03/26/2010 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    A Non-believer of God stated, I don’t believe in God, but I sure do miss him.” Think and meditate under the unmistakable power of his holy spirit then you’ll know the true “meaning of life”. Love you Snags. H. Mele

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