Playboy magazine isn’t the most likely place to find words of wisdom about the meaning of life. However, Movies.Com have unearthed a 1968 interview with Stanley Kubrick in which the great director was asked why life was worth living if he felt it was purposeless.
His answer was that we have to find our own meaning rather than put faith in the highly unlikely possibility that there is a God overseeing all we say and do.
Let’s face it, if there is a deity, the history of mankind provides ample proof that S/He is not a benevolent being.
Rather than this giving cause for despondency, Kubrick argues that we must accept our mortality and draw strength from it. He said:
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light”.