What makes life good?

Brylee Huber, Editor

When scrolling through the internet one fine night, I found a website with a long list of philosophical questions. My interest immediately piqued; I read through many of them. The one that truly sparked my interest was this: what does it mean to have good life?

   The answer should probably be something such as family, friends, or a stable home, but I found myself lost. The truth is that I don’t know if there is such thing as a “good life.”

   To understand my reasoning, I must define the word good. The simple definition is “to be desired or approved of.”

   Okay, this is could easily work for a life well-lived. Right?

  My new question becomes this: who is it that is desiring and/or approving of your life?

   Some religious folk might say that it is their God who can say whether their life is good, but God would  never desire your life.

   Some others might say that it is other humans who can define a “good” life, but if those people are just as lost as we are on what a good life means, why would we ever listen to their opinions?

   That leaves the cheesy answer: Only you can define whether your life was good or not. However, I don’t believe that is true. In fact, I don’t believe that it’s at all possible to define whether a life is good, and I don’t think people should worry about it.

   At the end of your time, do you want to be dying and contemplating whether your life was some mediocre opinion on what the word “good” meant, or do you want to be able to relive some of your favorite moments?

   Long story short, I think that the more we humans spend time contemplating whether we are doing things right, the more time we avoid thinking about just doing the things we want to do.

   If we are always living with the hope that our future-self will approve of us, why do we not just ask our present selves if our life is worth living in that moment?