What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
Our personal favorite answer to that is...42! Douglas Adams described his choice as "A completely ordinary number, a number not just divisible by two but also six and seven. In fact it's the sort of number that you could, without any fear, introduce to your parents." (Douglas Adams: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notable phrases from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
On a more scholarly level, some subject terms you might try in the Library Online Catalog include:
- Life religious aspects
- Life sciences ethics
- Life sciences vocation guidance
- Existential phenomenology
- Existential psychology
- Self identity
- Meaning (Philosophy)
- Meaningless (Philosophy)
Mind you, these are just a few that might fit the bill. Your question is complex and indicates a need for a liberal arts degree with extended study in Philosophy, Theology and Psychology. As for us, we're sticking with 42!