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Mombacho is a volcano in Nicaragua (near Granada, to be precise).

It’s teaming with life: every inch of the volcanic soil from base to summit is covered in thick, green, luxuriant vegetation, and alive with creeping, crawling and flying creatures. Coffee is cultivated. Bees are farmed.

It’s the kind of place that makes you wonder about life.

Why do all these multifarious creatures, including the human ones, exist?

Is it really just so that they can ensure that their genes carry on?

Or is there some other reason?

Is there, even, a meaning? (and what do we mean by meaning anyway?).


If I need a label, maybe ‘non-realist agnostic Quaker ‘ is about as close as I can get right now. 

  • maybe humans are the peak of evolution and the centre of the universe (but I don’t think so);
  • maybe it does matter which of these man-made religions we adhere to (but I don’t think so);
  • maybe there is a big old guy in the sky taking an interst in which rules we break (but I don’t think so);
  • maybe this life is really a preparation for something bigger …. or a test, and maybe I’ve just failed. 

I  just don’t know.

Nobody knows.

That’s just it.

Maybe these are all the wrong questions, anyhow.

Maybe questions about the meaning of life are just so far off the mark as to be laughable.

Maybe we’re just not bright enough to ask the right questions.

Maybe our attempts to make sense of our existences seem to other, more knowing, intelligences like the attempts of ants to mend a broken nest: brave, but ultimately futile.

Maybe we humans have evolved just far enough to understand that there are questions we should be asking, but not far enough to know what those questions are.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 February, 2007 12:43 am

    Normally I abhore spelling critique from people I don’t even know…however, thank you, and you are right I am sure. I don’t always pay close attention to grammar, etc. Sometimes I do more than others. Hope you come back. And keep commenting.

    I have enjoyed my little look around your site and will keep coming back, and commenting!

    P.S. I especially enjoyed “I get turned off by people who are certain, especially if they wear a little fish badge”. I am not always certain myself.

  2. The Imugi permalink
    8 June, 2007 12:07 am

    Hey, I’m hardly an expert on these matters, but it seems to me that if you’re asking these questions—and opening yourself to their answers—you have *hardly* “failed” any kind of test. :)

  3. 10 June, 2007 11:50 pm

    Peace Mombacho,

    This is my first time here and I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read here so far.

    Certainty, to me at any rate, suggests arrogance and that is the last thing we should take with us in our attempts to explore the great questions of life (even if they’re the wrong ones)!

    Peace to you and yours,

    Abdur Rahman

  4. 16 December, 2007 5:49 pm

    Well I AM Certain! That I have enjoyed my visit here.

    I may get a post going about other things I am certain about if the spirit gets me moving on that theme. But I’m not certain it will.

  5. Jessica permalink
    22 May, 2009 8:02 pm

    Hi, I’ve enjoyed browsing your site. Just wondering where you got hold of J L H Thomas’s ‘The Mean-ing of Life’?

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