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What is the Meaning of Life?


Simon Falk, our former Senior Director and certified “Tree Climbing Catholic,” has a very distinct question he asks every person he ever meets: “What is the Meaning of Life?” Specifically, he asks that people confine their response to one word or phrase. Keep in mind that this is the very first thing he asks a person, often before even basic introductions. Heck, most of us at Clarifying Catholicism were asked this upon meeting him. To find the results of his study, which consisted of over 700 responses, we made this video above, or you can scroll through the list below!

Receiving One Vote

Absurdity
Acceptance
Advancement
Afterlife
Altruism
Amen
Animals
Annapolis
Art
Ascending
Awareness
Awesomeness
Balance
Baseball
Beds
Bigfoot
Blood Clots
Books
Brains
California
Callings
Caritas
Cause
Celebration
Cereal
Challenges
Chaos
Cheese
Children
Choices
Cinnabuns
Coffee
Coherence
Colors
Conclusion
Confusion
Conquest
Consequence
Contemplation
Contradiction
Craziness
Curiosity
Damnation
Difficulty
Diversity
Doing Stuff
Doughnuts
Driving
Easter
Ends
Entertainment
Epicness
Escapades
Esto Vir
Eternal Game
Eternity
Excellence
Failure
Fellowship
Fiesta
Fishing
Futility
Glory
God’s Will
Guacamole
Harmony
Hats
Holiness
Horribleness
Humanitarianism
Humility
Hypocrisy
Individualism
Industry
Ineffability
Inspiration
Interstingness
Justuce
Kindness
Kingdom Building
Laughter
Learning
Lessons
Limitlessness
Little Things
Longboarding
Macaroni
Magic
Marathoning
Meaningless
Memes
Metallica
Narrative
Nicargua
Nintendo
No
One Thing
Operative Love
Opus
Pain
Parenthood
Penguins
Personhood
Pleasure
Ponies
Pop
Power
Practice
Pumpkins
Randomness
Redemption
Reflection
Reputation
Resurrection
Roads
Salvation
Sanctity
Seeking
Self-Actualization
Selflessness
Senses
Silence
Sisyphus
Sleep
Smiling
Snoopy
Soul
Sozo
Struggle
Stuff
Subjectivity
Suffering
Tacos
Taxes
Telos
The Light in the Refridgerator that Turns Off When You Close the Door
Thinking
Thriving
Togetherness
Transformation
Travel
Trump
Undecided
Understanding
Unfinished
Usefulness
Veritas
Waking Up Every Day
Wandering
War
Wind
Yourself


Receiving Two Votes

Adoration
Bacon
Beatitude
Chocolate
Communion
Existence
Freedom
Giving
Goodness
Hearts
Hope
Knowledge
Light
Logos
Me
Mercy
Money
Others
Passion
People
Pie
Potatoes
Promise
Puppies
Self-Love
Serving God
Success
The Eternal
Theosis
Trust
Truth
Uncertainty
Water
Why?
Worship
Yes


Receiving Three Votes

Adventure
Blessings
Breathing
Charity
Compassion
Connection
Discovery
Enjoyment
Faith
Grace
Growth
Laugh
Music
Paradox
Pizza
Praise
Procreation
Purpose
Relationships
Survival
Thankfulness
Unknown


Receiving Four Votes

Being
Excitement
Friendship
Fulfillment
Sacrifice
Trinity
Wonder


Receiving Five Votes

Beauty
Community
Exploration
Family
Life
Sex

Receiving Six Votes

Eucharist
Experience
Service

Receiving Eight Votes

Death
Food
Fun
Mystery


Receiving Nine Votes: Heaven

Receiving Fifteen Votes: Joy

Receiving Sixteen Votes: Living

Receiving Forty Eight Votes: Jesus

Receiving Fifty Seven Votes: Happiness

Receiving Sixty Six Votes: God

Receiving One Hundred and Thirty One Votes: Love

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