The Meaning of Life

I have searched far and wide for the meaning of life, and I believe that I am closing in on the greatest of all infinite secrets. As a Jew, I can relate to the following 26-second YouTube video of a man who relates life's meaning while under hypnosis:

Now that I've got your attention, allow me to explain the meaning of both life and death, for they are intertwined. Life is a joy. Every moment should be spent counting one's blessings for the gift of life. Every moment should be spent relieving suffering of all people, but most importantly, one's own suffering. The meaning of life is death. We are not eternal. As we approach death, we suffer from the pains of aging. Therefore, the meaning of life is to die well.

The meaning of life is to eliminate those pains that often plague the final years of life so that death is a welcome relief from pain.

In America, the average person spends many years dying. Is the meaning of life to spend the final 20 years of existence suffering from heart disease or osteoporosis or diabetes or cancer?

Is the meaning of life to wake up every morning and get out of bed having pain?

There is a place where people do not suffer for years before death. In this place, people get ill during the final week of their life. In this place, cancer and heart disease and bone disease are rare. The average woman lives to age 86, longer than any place in the world. These people of Okinawa have learned the meaning of life through the foods they eat (see The Okinawa Diet Plan by Wilcox, Wilcox, and Suzuki).

There are more Octogenarians on Okinawa (per capita) than in any other region of the world. The average Okinawan eats seven portions of grain per day and seven portions of fruits and vegetables each day. Once per week, the typical Okinawan eats fish, and virtually no meat or dairy.

Most of us search for the meaning of life and die before coming close to knowing it. Yet, the instructions are given to one and all:

In Genesis 1:29 (King James version of the Bible) we are given a menu plan for man's diet:

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

The meaning of life is ahimsa. Harmlessness. Compassion to all who share this planet. Compassion to all earthlings. The meaning of life is to make one's own body a temple by filling it with clean fuel. The meaning of life is to live well and to die well.

The meaning of life is to eat a plant-based diet and to be disease free so that you can take joy in that gift of life.

But there is one thing more, and I will reveal the most incredible plan of all tomorrow.

The meaning of life is to live for as long as the human body was designed for. I may not give you the key to living forever, but I have discovered the Fountain of Youth, and in tomorrow's Notmilk letter will give you the specific plan as to how you can stay young for a hundred or more years and prevent aging.

Who knows how long men and women can live with tomorrow's secret? This is new territory for me and for you, but I'll give you my final answer sometime in the 22nd or 23rd century.

Tomorrow's secret summary will be made in 25 words or less. The details will take just a few paragraphs. Follow my lead and become immortal.

Until tomorrow.

Robert Cohen

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