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1) From: Leo Zick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life

2) From: Rudy Ramsey
Leo,
Seeing that Wikipedia piece reminds me of my philosophy of science
professor. One year, the final exam in one of his courses consisted of just
the single question, "Why?". Most of the students spent an hour answering
this question, using up lots of blue-book paper. The two students who got
A's, though, gave these answers: "Because", and "Why not?". :-)
Rudy

3) From: John F Coffey
On Jan 3, 2007, at 3:49 PM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
<Snip>
Dennis,
Being that your prof likes Monty Python.. I would suspect that he  
would understand the following answer the to the question "The  
meaning of life...":
42
---------------------------
Regards,
--John

4) From: Leo Zick
It's the only real answer, I think.
People spend too much time looking for a reason, when it likely that its
right in front of them - here! Now!

5) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
	Ok now this is really scary I am taking English Comp out here
and I had to write a paper on the meaning of life I did it just today.
If you will all indulge me I must post it for you to read. (please note
my prof. is a bit off-base-- think he loves monty python and yes we
watched the movie yesterday in class)
	All comments are welcome...
	Well here goes: 
	The Meaning of Life
		When I was first thought about this topic, I honestly
had no idea what to write.  I decided the best way to discover the
answer would be to do a research study. I would conduct a scientific
poll.  I went in search of the best research staff of experts.  I
applied for grants and funding to discover the true meaning of life.  I
filled out thousands of government forms all in triplicate and then
reapplied in blue ink instead of black ink.  Waiting over six months for
the government red tape to process my request and losing my research
staff in the process. (I wasn't about to pay them myself! - Have you
seen what researchers are charging these days?)  I was heart broken to
find that the government had rejected my application.  They claimed
something about it would take three years of the entire country's GNP
(Gross National Product) just for my initial findings. 
	I found myself back at square one. No closer to the meaning of
life then when I started.  I would not be dissuaded!  I wanted to know
the meaning of life! So a non-scientific pool would have to suffice.  As
I set about my task I walked around and I queried the first 10 people I
saw.  My thoughts at this point were 10 random people should give me a
varied and well represented sampling, without bias or any other
motivating factor simply the first ten people I could find. This logic
seemed perfect to me.
		Once I had my results, I then had to sort, filter,
process and actually discover the meaning behind the meaning to truly
find the meaning of life.  This painstaking process would be a much
greater undertaking then I first thought.  The much awaited, highly
anticipated and very unusual findings are now complete.  
	I asked my sampled pool, "What is the meaning of life? Why are
we all here?"  After lots of exhaustive and painstaking research here
are there answers:
	60% of the pool stated simply, "I don't know."  
	10% said, "Experience" (I then asked, "Experience for what?"
There was no answer).
	10% answered in a religious manner, "Because God didn't have
anything better to do on the sixth day."  
	10% had the philosophical answer of, "This is but a small step
in a much larger journey."  
	10% stated "We are simply here to have fun."
	This is the raw data, now to process it and discover the truth
behind the answers given.	Right now there are approximately
six-and-a-half billion people on the planet and 60% of them do not know
the meaning of life, that is almost four billion people with out a clue.
30% more are either cynical or think they have some idea. The last 10%
really have a good grasp on the true meaning of life. "We are simply
here to have fun." 
	I once heard someone say "Don't take life too seriously; you
never get out alive."  There is a lot truth in this statement.
Conclusively we know a few things.  First, we are only here on the earth
for a limited amount of time.  When we are born we start out like a
sponge, just learning from our environment.  As we grow, we learn our
environment is affected by actions as well.  So we can affect our lives.
We all have some measure of control.  How you choose to manipulate your
surroundings is where the key to this actually lies. When we die is
there more?  No one really knows until it happens.  I feel that is a
moot point.  So I am in line with the 10% of the world population that
knows the right answer.  If you don't live life to it's fullest and
enjoy the journey the destination will be a big let down.  I am in the
more than 650,000,000 people that do understand this.  I try to live my
life to the fullest and enjoy every step of my journey.  If you are not
having fun, change something.  Make your life fun.  
	There you have it, the meaning of life, un-scientifically
determined.
	 
	Dennis
	AKA
	FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
	Safety Dept
	USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
	FPO AE 09532-2830
	HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Arabian Sea
	 "On station and on point 122 and counting down..." 
	You guys!  85 miles / an hour plus commute ...  wow.  I only say
that cause I was there since 1980, working in Southern California...  I
did the math last year - apparently more than 8000 hours have been spent
on the freeways and roads as I eked out an income.  I hadn't realized,
but I was also establishing a lifestyle...
	Last year I looked up, did the math, and suddenly realized.  My
wife and kids missed me for about 8000 extra hours since 1980.  Work
didnt miss me, the gas and car companies didnt miss me.  It was
tutoring, helping in the kitchen, looking at pictures and listening to
elementary music that had an open seat...
	Well, not retired, and not sure if I ever will, but I am now a 3
minute drive or 12 minute walk to work.  I make it to almost every
event, and now help with homework, baseball, scouts, church, sports, and
just plain goofing off...
	I'm hoping you can find a few more minutes in each day, for you
and for your families during this new year.  I know it's a grind, and
wish you the best course through it!
	Regards,
	Brett

6) From: James
Er, what's a "sampled pool"???  :-)
  
James in Southern CA.
-----=
 Original Message ----
From: "True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)" 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, January =
3, 2007 3:49:42 PM
Subject: RE: OT+ the meaning of life WAS +timor fto ma=
ubesse
    Ok now this is really scary I am taking English Comp out he=
re
and I had to write a paper on the meaning of life I did it just today.=
If you will all indulge me I must post it for you to read. (please note=
my prof. is a bit off-base-- think he loves monty python and yes we
wa=
tched the movie yesterday in class)
    All comments are welcome...
=
    Well here goes: 
    The Meaning of Life
        When I was f=
irst thought about this topic, I honestly
had no idea what to write.  I d=
ecided the best way to discover the
answer would be to do a research stud=
y. I would conduct a scientific
poll.  I went in search of the best resea=
rch staff of experts.  I
applied for grants and funding to discover the t=
rue meaning of life.  I
filled out thousands of government forms all in t=
riplicate and then
reapplied in blue ink instead of black ink.  Waiting o=
ver six months for
the government red tape to process my request and losi=
ng my research
staff in the process. (I wasn't about to pay them myself! =
- Have you
seen what researchers are charging these days?)  I was heart b=
roken to
find that the government had rejected my application.  They clai=
med
something about it would take three years of the entire country's GNP=
(Gross National Product) just for my initial findings. 
    I found my=
self back at square one. No closer to the meaning of
life then when I sta=
rted.  I would not be dissuaded!  I wanted to know
the meaning of life! S=
o a non-scientific pool would have to suffice.  As
I set about my task I =
walked around and I queried the first 10 people I
saw.  My thoughts at th=
is point were 10 random people should give me a
varied and well represent=
ed sampling, without bias or any other
motivating factor simply the first=
 ten people I could find. This logic
seemed perfect to me.
        Once=
 I had my results, I then had to sort, filter,
process and actually disco=
ver the meaning behind the meaning to truly
find the meaning of life.  Th=
is painstaking process would be a much
greater undertaking then I first t=
hought.  The much awaited, highly
anticipated and very unusual findings a=
re now complete.  
    I asked my sampled pool, "What is the meaning of l=
ife? Why are
we all here?"  After lots of exhaustive and painstaking rese=
arch here
are there answers:
    60% of the pool stated simply, "I don'=
t know."  
    10% said, "Experience" (I then asked, "Experience for what=
?"
There was no answer).
    10% answered in a religious manner, "Becau=
se God didn't have
anything better to do on the sixth day."  
    10% h=
ad the philosophical answer of, "This is but a small step
in a much large=
r journey."  
    10% stated "We are simply here to have fun."
    This=
 is the raw data, now to process it and discover the truth
behind the ans=
wers given.    Right now there are approximately
six-and-a-half billion p=
eople on the planet and 60% of them do not know
the meaning of life, that=
 is almost four billion people with out a clue.
30% more are either cynic=
al or think they have some idea. The last 10%
really have a good grasp on=
 the true meaning of life. "We are simply
here to have fun." 
    I onc=
e heard someone say "Don't take life too seriously; you
never get out ali=
ve."  There is a lot truth in this statement.
Conclusively we know a few =
things.  First, we are only here on the earth
for a limited amount of tim=
e.  When we are born we start out like a
sponge, just learning from our e=
nvironment.  As we grow, we learn our
environment is affected by actions =
as well.  So we can affect our lives.
We all have some measure of control=
.  How you choose to manipulate your
surroundings is where the key to thi=
s actually lies. When we die is
there more?  No one really knows until it=
 happens.  I feel that is a
moot point.  So I am in line with the 10% of =
the world population that
knows the right answer.  If you don't live life=
 to it's fullest and
enjoy the journey the destination will be a big let =
down.  I am in the
more than 650,000,000 people that do understand this. =
 I try to live my
life to the fullest and enjoy every step of my journey.=
  If you are not
having fun, change something.  Make your life fun.  
 =
   There you have it, the meaning of life, un-scientifically
determined.=
     
    Dennis
    AKA
    FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
    Sa=
fety Dept
    USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
    FPO AE 09532-2830=
    HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Arabian Sea
     "On station and =
on point 122 and counting down..." 
    You guys!  85 miles / an ho=
ur plus commute ...  wow.  I only say
that cause I was there since 1980, =
working in Southern California...  I
did the math last year - apparently =
more than 8000 hours have been spent
on the freeways and roads as I eked =
out an income.  I hadn't realized,
but I was also establishing a lifestyl=
e...
    Last year I looked up, did the math, and suddenly realized.  =
My
wife and kids missed me for about 8000 extra hours since 1980.  Work=
didnt miss me, the gas and car companies didnt miss me.  It was
tutori=
ng, helping in the kitchen, looking at pictures and listening to
elementa=
ry music that had an open seat...
    Well, not retired, and not sure =
if I ever will, but I am now a 3
minute drive or 12 minute walk to work. =
 I make it to almost every
event, and now help with homework, baseball, s=
couts, church, sports, and
just plain goofing off...
    I'm hoping =
you can find a few more minutes in each day, for you
and for your familie=
s during this new year.  I know it's a grind, and
wish you the best cours=
e through it!
    Regards,
    Brett=
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7) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Way ahead of you I got them to play Hitchhikers guide last night for
further evaluation of the subject..
I have a towel now if I could just get this blasted improbability drive
to work I'll be ok.
But 42 is the ultimate answer.  The question will take a super computer
over a million years to compute. We are still working on that one.....
Dennis,
Being that your prof likes Monty Python.. I would suspect that he  
would understand the following answer the to the question "The  
meaning of life...":
42
---------------------------
Regards,
--John


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