Nicolae Tanase: Prof. Krippner, what is the meaning of life?
Stanley Krippner: Life has no intrinsic meaning. But that is the beauty of it. People who found meaning in life protected themselves and survived. People who did not find meaning in life allowed themselves to get sick and die or to be killed by human or non-human enemies and predators. The former passed on survival skills to their descendants. The latter’s genes dropped out of the gene pool.
When I was a high school student in rural Wisconsin, Senator Alexander Wiley came to speak. His advice was to “Live, laugh, and love.” That is how I found my meaning in life, and I try to do all three every day.
~Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University
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