I generally agree with IDAHandy, but WSR has given me food for thought... Some people wonder about the meaning of life, why we're here, etc. I think they're missing the point. Life, itself, is the gift. You don't have to die to meet god. When it's time to go, really go, I doubt I'll have much say in how it happens. To some that's unacceptable. To me, to use an overused cliche, it is what it is. While we make choices every day, overall, we don't actually have a lot of choices in life. Just live. Oh, and is it beautiful because it is, or is it beautiful because we've been told it is? Most human beings seem to have an innate sense of beauty. Despite wildly different values in what is physically beautiful in people, worldwide, people do seem to feel that mountains and exposed faces of rock are inherently beautiful. Why? You can argue what is beautiful, just as Persig argues what is quality. I don't think it really matters, nor do I early care. Contemplating the beautiful brings joy, that's enough reason for me. Seek beauty and joy, and as a bonus act with grace. What better reason to live?