I read an interesting article recently discussing Tolstoy's existential crisis, and how he felt an emptiness with the concept of nihilism. ''My question … was the simplest of questions, lying in the soul of every man from the foolish child to the wisest elder: it was a question without an answer to which one cannot live, as I had found by experience. It was: “What will come of what I am doing today or shall do tomorrow? What will come of my whole life?” Differently expressed, the question is: “Why should I live, why wish for anything, or do anything?” It can also be expressed thus: “Is there any meaning in my life that the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?” - Leo Tolstoy For more, click here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/03/tolstoy-confession/ I wonder how it is possible at all, to believe that one's life is void of meaning. Even if it's just a meaning that we attach to our individual lives, there would still be a subjective purpose to life, right? Tolstoy turned to science, then philosophy, and even spiritual ideas to find the answers to his questions. He made a positive impact on many lives, what type of purpose/meaning was Tolstoy seeking? ''I understood that if I wish to understand life and its meaning, I must not live the life of a parasite, but must live a real life, and — taking the meaning given to live by real humanity and merging myself in that life — verify it.'' - Leo Tolstoy Is it all wishful thinking or does life have meaning? Does the possibility that life has no meaning, bother you?