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what is the meaning of life?

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In the Bible, the book of Ecclesiasties indicates "life is meaningless".  If there is no belief in God, nothing matters and we should "eat, drink and be merry".  If there is belief in God, then life (I was raised in a Christian home) is a state where people follow the path given by God and to spread his love and his Word to everyone.     
 
On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lt. Commander Data (played by Brent Spiner) asked that question to Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden).  She indicated the broadest scientific term was anything that takes in nourishment, grows, reproduces and eventually dies.  Data indicated that fire and crystals fit the description but Dr. Crusher said those were chemical reactions and are not considered "alive".  Data does not take in food, does not grow, does not reproduces, yet he is considered alive.  Dr. Crusher said Data was "unique".   A writer of Star Trek TNG said that death "is that state where one lives only in the memories of others" when in the first season of the show, Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar) left and her character died.
 
Life means many things to many people.  There is no one answer.  Look within yourself to find the answer that signifies your heritage, beliefs and morals. 
 
 
Hi Marco;
WOW!
This question has been pondered for centuries.
As an anthropologist, I would have to say it is to improve the quality of living for the next generation as we go forward in our evolutionary path.