I’ve recently been watching some of the TED videos, many of which are fascinating. One I watched tonight was an inventory of invisible things, which was a delightfully baffling look at life. Towards the end of the talk (9:20 in if you want to check for yourself) the speaker, John Lloyd, concludes
There are only two questions really worth asking:
‘Why are we here?’
‘What shall we do about it while we are?’
What excellent questions! Fortunately we have answers to both of of them: we are here because God created us as an overflow of His Trinitarian love, enabling Him to love us and us to love Him. While we are here we should enter a personal relationship with God and live our lives for His glory. This isn’t the answer that John Lloyd gives, but he does offer a quote from poet W. H. Auden:
We are here, on earth, to help others. What the others are here for I’ve no idea.
(N.B. According to wikiquote, the quote is actually by John Foster Hall.)