I was asked to illustrate the meaning of life.

For an answer to that rhetorical question, I referred to my favorite dead philosopher, Jeremy Bentham. Happiness is the answer (obviously), and so I used his 9 Pleasures of Stimulation as a basis for the illustration.

This is the result, which appeared recently in the German publication, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

And below is the English version (click to enlarge).

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12 Responses to I was asked to illustrate the meaning of life.

  1. Chris L says:

    You’re awesome.

  2. Chris McCray says:


    Please, make this available to buy poster size.

    This is 100% awesomesauce!

  3. Mapel says:

    Really nice.
    Already my favorite post of this blog.

  4. YOU are the most amazingly brilliant genius! <3

  5. fireflight says:

    Did anybody else start by looking up all the Gs?

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  7. Neil says:

    Although Bentham’s utilitarian philosophy is superficially appealing, it has some unfortunate consequences. The central problem is that you can use it to justify just about anything. If a majority perceives improved happiness in the benefits accruing to them from the enslavement of a minority, then the happiness of the greater number might be used to justify the misery of the smaller.

  8. Steve Robinson says:

    Sheer, unadulterated brilliance!

  9. Hollow tree ventures says:

    This is my new favorite thing ever.

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