What is life but a chaotic loop of music,
Without any synchronized beat or rhythm.
Don’t search for any meaning, beginning or end,
You will lose your track in this loud noise.
Just follow others on the dance floor.
Look at them!
How they are making futile attempts of dancing.
Shaking their limbs like a zombie.
There are human bones scattered on the floor,
Of those who danced earlier and no more.
Nobody cares, the dance goes on,
As if under a deep spell,
A long cry can be heard from generations to generation.
Let the music play.
© Animesh Das
Excerpt form the book “Essential Existentialism”
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Why are we here?
What is our purpose?
What is the meaning of life?
These are the questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time.
With the recent passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the most world-renowned physicists, known for his enormous contributions to quantum mechanics and general relativity, one has to only look to his astounding life of physical challenges and dedication to finding the answers to these questions. It begs us to continue to look for our own answers.
This anthology is dedicated to what gives life meaning and purpose personally. On a grander scale, what is the purpose of our existence as humanity? It is both deeply personal and widely introspective; yet it is also subjective.
Various poets share their verse, prose and poetry about what they perceive to be the meaning of life. ~ Brenda-Lee Ranta
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