The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
This week, OnMilwaukee.com asked the biggest question of all. And the responses, as always, came in all over the place from "Pfft" to "love."
To read the entire thread go here and feel free to add your thoughts via the Talkback feature below.
Paul Scot August: "42."
Sophia Gatti Barry: "To live as a human and to come through it with your soul unscathed."
Jill Braun: "Loving thy neighbor. Peace. Gratitude. Simplicity. Love. Open heart."
Rick Charlie: "There is none. Really. Life just is, it exists, just like the grass, the ocean and the trees. However, unlike those inanimate living beings, we humans have the ability to create meaning in our lives. Meaning of life suggests a grand purpose, which, if you are a religious person, may be able to decipher that through the various books and teachings in that religion. Personally, I believe that our ‘grand purpose’ and meaning come in taking care of each other, and all other life on this planet."
Adam Danger: "Continuation of humankind."
Douglas DeNicola: "Being able to look back and say you had a meaningful life and you did it your way."
AJ Dixon: "To enjoy it while you can. You only have one. Make it the best."
Jim Draeger: "Nothing."
Kevin Driscoll: "Depends on your perspective."
Yvonne Edler: "Ice cream."
Willie Fields: "Beyond work and love, I would add two other ingredients that give meaning to life. First, to fulfill whatever talents we are born with. However blessed we are by fate with different abilities and strengths, we should try to develop them to the fullest, rather than allow them to atrophy and decay … Second, we should try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it."
Jeremy Frenz: "Eat as much Lucky Charms cereal as humanly possible."
Anthony Garrison: "Leave a good looking corpse."
Michael Henszey: "We should wear more hats."
Eva Higgins: "Love."
Betsy Holmes: "Here is my answer, from childhood. What is Life? A board game. Where do you get it? At the toy store. How much is it? $5. But I only have $2! Oh well, that's life!"
Ethan Keller: "Ignorance. Wait, no. Sorry, I was thinking of the ‘Meany of Life.’"
Richard Kerhin: "A constant search for purpose and relevance, often utilizing futile, unanswerable questions."
Susan Mahan: "To see what the physical part is like."
Katie Maedke-Hall: "Pfft."
Jonathan Maricle: "To learn and experience what life has to offer."
Zack McCarthy: "I am not going to find it here."
Kerry McGown: "Love and happiness And helping others."
Donna Reed: "Don’t forget your towel."
Lisa Roe: "I’m more of a dictionary girl: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity and continual change preceding death."
Nick Rondinelli: "Duh, a deep tan and a nice car."
Melissa Scherrer: "Pizza."
Anja Notanja Seiger: "One time when I was typing answers from outer space someone asked me that and my typewriter broke down. It is best not to worry about it, better just to live carefully and caringly."
Jen Skladanek: "Peace, love, puppy dogs, butterflies and rainbows!"
Rob Smith: "Live and learn. Ostensibly we all come from the same source, we're all going back to the same source, why wouldn't we be here if we didn't have something to learn about it?"
Trevor Smith: "See Aristotle, 'Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1-10.'"
Suzanna Szydlowski: "A Monty Python movie."
Velia Tarnoff: "Seriously, it’s love."
Laron Taylor: "Cookies."
Greg Vogt: "Birth, schooling, paying taxes and death."
Timothy Westbrook: "The hokey-pokey!"