A nationwide poll has revealed that 89 per cent of 16 to 29 year-olds believe that their lives have no meaning or purpose.
A British poll, conducted by Japanese company Yakult and reported by The Sun, revealed that 89% of young people, aged 16 to 29, “believe that their lives have no meaning or purpose.” This saddening statistic is explained with a corresponding statistic shared in the same article—only 1% of this age group identifies as belonging to the Church of England, the largest denomination in the UK, meaning that very few young people in the UK hold to any semblance of Christianity (half of UK residents are atheists). This is being reflected in decreasing church attendance. In England, such attendance is down to less than 5%. The study also found that 30% of these young people say they are “stuck in a rut,” and 84% don’t believe they are living “their best life.” But if there is no meaning or purpose to life, what makes you “stuck in a rut” or not stuck in a rut? What is your “best life”? In this worldview, there is no way even to define these things, apart from arbitrary feelings and opinions.
Across all age groups, 51% of those surveyed believe they were put on the earth to be as happy as they can be, while 37% believe that it is their role to make people around them happy, with 31% believing humanity’s “purpose should be to do good.” Based on what? Sez who? If 89% believe that their lives have no meaning or purpose, how can 31% believe that humanity’s purpose should be to do good? Does this paradox speak to a view that their life is meaningless but other people want to do good, or that they want to do good even if their life is meaningless? I believe the real explanation is the “residual Christianity credit.” Much like with a good credit history, you can keep raising your credit line. But if you start spending without paying your debts, eventually your “available credit” will be gone, your credit rating will crash, you will end in bankruptcy. That’s the Western world today.
This belief that life has no meaning or purpose is the outworking of the religion of evolutionary secularism that permeates the education system and the media throughout the UK, and here in the United States. When you adopt the religion of atheism, you have to deal with the consequences—and one consequence is that ultimately there’s absolutely no meaning or purpose to life! “Mass murder”–shootings, stabbings, acid and vehicle attacks–are also inevitable consequences. If your life has no meaning, neither does anyone else’s!