What meaning or purpose is there to life, especially after a severe spinal cord injury? Perhaps this man’s speech can give us some ideas:
10:55 “And here is my idea of romance. you’ll soon be dead. life will sometimes seem long and tuff and god it’s tiring. and you’ll sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. and then you’ll be old and then you’ll be dead. theres only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence and that is, fill it. not feel it. fill it. and in my opinion until Ill change it. Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can. taking pride in whatever you’re doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running, being enthusiastic. and then there’s love and travel and wine and sex and art and kids and giving and mountain climbing. but you know all that stuff already. it’s incredible exciting thing this one, meaningless life of yours. Good luck.” (speech ends at 12 minutes).