Beyond the Bucket List: Unveiling the True Meaning of Life from an Airplane Seat

During the flight to Cairo, I revisited “The Bucket List”, a venerable cinematic piece.

At the commencement of the film, unfolds a narration by Old Man B, pondering upon the essence of existence. He inquires: “What is the significance of life?” Various responses emerge. Some posit it hinges upon the legacy one bequeaths, while others advocate for its measurement by love and faith.

The cinematic narrative endeavors to elucidate this existential query through a discourse between two venerable gentlemen, set against the backdrop of the pyramid.

Old Man B muses, “The ancient Egyptians harbored a profound conception of mortality. As souls approach the gates of paradise, they are posed two inquiries: ‘Have you savored the delights of life?’ and ‘Have you bestowed joy upon others?'”

To the former query, my accord aligns with the elderly gentleman’s sentiment. Both affirmatively warrant a resounding yes.

However, when confronted with the latter question, Old Man Jia hesitates. He queries, “Shouldn’t this judgment rest upon ‘others’?” My cogitation mirrors his. It is a daunting task for anyone concerned with propriety to assert, “I have disseminated joy to multitudes in my lifetime.”

Yet, in the narrative, Old Man B persists, urging Old Man A to furnish a response – for indeed, within our hearts, we harbor an awareness of whether we have fostered happiness in the lives of others, attended to our kin, aided comrades, or extended charity to strangers. The more we engage in such benevolent acts, the more assured our answer becomes.

The epitome of enlightenment lies in the convergence of closed eyes and an open mind.

And to achieve this, one must simply unearth the joys of their own existence and endeavor to impart happiness unto others.

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