The answer to the ultimate question is … 42

The movie, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” strikes me as extremely funny. It uses humor to explain some of the most sought-after questions of the Universe, the answers to questions we wouldn’t consider to be very important, questions such as, “Did you bring your towel?”

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The recent failed doomsday prediction may have reminded us that, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” but it also once again raised the proverbial question, “Is there something greater than ourselves?”

My boyfriend, a very quiet, but intelligent man, explained to me that people let their emotions control them, and he knows there is a greater power out there through reasoning and logic.

A nuclear engineer by trade, (if you remember, he taught me about nuclear fusion over coffee) Jeff relies on numbers and calculations to explain everything, including life. I love to listen to his explanations of those things that I have accepted just as Is. Listening to him explain them in terms I can understand helps me to see that there really are logical explanations for everything, including God and life, in general.

He told me that life is unnatural. There is something making order out of chaos. Life is constantly breaking down. But there is something, some kind of energy that is keeping it all together. Nothing is random, we didn’t just happen, he said. Something is keeping order in the Universe.

I was brought up to believe that God was a vengeful entity, who punished us for being bad. But as I have taken a journey to find out the meaning of life for myself, I have come to believe that no one really knows anything about what or who God is.  But my faith in Something Greater comes from someplace deep within my being, from my soul-I just feel that it is so.

I wasn’t too worried about the doomsday prediction because if the Bible is right, no one will know the exact time that God will follow through with his plan. If he chooses to, that is. After all,  He can do anything he want. He’s God.

Everyone has their own beliefs, their own opinions, and everyone is always trying to get others to see things the way they see them. I think everyone has the right to their own beliefs, and really, what works for them. But I believe that we should all believe in something. What is life if we don’t have purpose?

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Without giving too much of the movie away, (see it if you haven’t) it just goes to show that we really don’t know the answer to the ultimate question, and those who say they do, really don’t.

There are two givens in life; we are born and we die. The cycle of life. What we do in between is up to us. The secrets of the Universe have been eluding the most intelligent people of the world forever. People who say they have it all figured out are usually the ones who know the least.

However, I believe that people like the Doomsday Prophet are sent to remind us that we can’t dismiss any of the unanswered questions of the Universe, just because we don’t understand. Who knows? Maybe the answers are far too complex for the mere mortal to understand and none of us will understand it until we do, whenever and wherever that may be.

So for the time being, all we can do is ponder the questions and come to our own conclusions. After all, according to Plato, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Maybe that’s really all we’re supposed to do while we’re here; strive to be better than we were before and just enjoy life while we’re here.

And if there comes a day when we are all surprised by circumstances beyond our control, we may want to hitch a ride with the dolphins and echo their sentiments, stated so eloquently in the Hitchiker’s Guide, “So long, and thanks for the fish.”


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