Hello Thomas the Writer. I love the blog and was happy to see Netflix has Jackie Chan Adventures to help feed the nostalgia your blog brings up in me. First I want to say it is a nice change of pace to get a non-anonymous question.
My thoughts on the meaning of life…A wonderful question. I generally live under the philosophy to do good, help others when I can, and stay as positive as possible. The question also got me thinking of the other way to look at this question, focusing on the starting of life and the meaning to why we are here.
As a social-evolutionary psychologist, I can fall back on biology to look at a long change of evolutionary adaptations that caused those traits adaptive for survival to continue on, bringing us from single cell organisms to a dominate life form on the planet. This idea that we can trace our ancestry back billions of years still offers us great opportunity to see each individual as unique and exceptional. From the pony perspective, while some feel we have been created by some unknown force, we are the process of this long evolutionary chain branching off to the species and sub-species we see today in our magical realm.
Each of us the the combination of the 20,500 genes from our mothers and 20,500 genes from our fathers and allows for such a high degree of genetic variability that is mind blowing. To put the possible human combinations into perspective, in the long time humans have been walking the earth, there have been an estimated 11.5 Billion humans ever. The still total number of possible unique combinations of genetic expression is still 100,000 times this number.
So while our origin is understood as the long process of change and adaptation, this does in no way belittle who we are or whether or not we are special. We are exceptional. My thoughts on the meaning of life just boil down to treating others exceptionally and doing my best to be a good person with the time I am given. And hopefully leave something behind that will better future generations.