The Meaning of Life

Mris85 (@mris85) 5 years, 10 months ago

It’s the question that’s plagues everyone. What are we all here for? What’s it all mean? Check out this article discussing the meaning of life. What do you guys think the meaning of life is?

http://preeminentwisdom.com/the-meaning-of-life/

January 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm
jazzz (30) (@jazzz) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Where is here? Why does it have to mean anything? If we are here, then must also be there? 

Alan Watts stated something to the effect that we can never truly step outside ourselves to know the answer to this question ….I need to find the actual quote, its not online, in the mountain journal  

I will read the article now 

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Peter (116) (@Gismo) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Is it the “You can’t really get at yourself, just as the fingertip can’t touch itself and the teeth can’t bite themselves” kind’a quote? ;-)

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jayki (10) (@jayki) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Creativity.

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Breconeer (0) (@Breconeer) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I long ago recognized that our existence is totally pointless. That isn’t a negative conclusion – accepting pointlessness is quite liberating. A heck of a lot of people spend a lifetime searching for the point of their existence, or a reason. And they die having never found it. What a waste. The positive aspects of pointlessness include skipping that wasteful mission.

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Peter (116) (@Gismo) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Isn’t skipping that wasteful mission a point in itself then? 

The word pointless seems wrong to me in this context – and among all the boundless number of theories to support the understanding of this experience / universe, for you to “recognize” this “fact” seems “presumptuous”.. If we’re a simulation created by a superior species/civilization, maybe data-collection is our purpose, if we’re a god-created universe (not much difference) maybe aspiration towards love is our purpose and yes if “we” are accidentially created by a random combinations of events then maybe it is indeed “purposeless”, but still then there’s seems to be the point to have the best experience possible – I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m saying I don’t think you know either.. But maybe what you’re putting forward is that in your experience the attitude that life is pointless bring about the best possible and most furfilling experience? – if that’s the case I’d have to say, that’s a very subjective perception that I don’t think applies to the 8 billion of us ;-)

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John (25) (@jzic123) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I sometimes think that we are so caught up on ‘finding’ our purpose (futile pursuit) , that we fail to realize we are the creators of our purpose — whatever the hell that might be..it’S up to you after all. 

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Mris85 (7) (@mris85) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I agree. Life is absurd. Luckily, we can choose to laugh at its absurdity and realize we don’t have to take everything so seriously.

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Shaman Naman (18) (@EpiQC) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I think it’s not worth it to chase after objective meaning. There is no why, there is only a what. Or at least that is the null hypothesis. Even if you do find the answer, what if you don’t agree with it? Or what if you manage to fulfill that purpose? Then what? You’re back to the drawing board. Why do we presuppose there should be a meaning of life? What came before the Big Bang, if time began with it? You can’t ask what was before time, because there simply was no time before it. It’s a nonsensical question, just like asking what your purpose is. It’s not something you find out there, it’s something you create from within. Life is a trip, and that trip is the destination. Do you travel to get to the end of it, or do you do it to enjoy the experience along the way?

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Peter (116) (@Gismo) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

Yeah I agree, as Alan watts said, we don’t dance to get from A to B – we dance to dance.. we live to live :-)

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FreeThinker (0) (@Genti) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

The reason why I believe in religion and in God is because there MUST be a reason for all these people to live.Think about how many people are dying in this very moment.What’s the point in living for a few years and then dying for nothing? Then again I’m so sorry if you’re offended by what I am saying but I’m just expressing myself and my beliefs.Humans matter and are here for a reason.

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jayki (10) (@jayki) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I agree but only because its better to live with purpose then none at all.

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Mris85 (7) (@mris85) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

You’re not offending anyone by offering your opinion. Thank you for your contribution. You do matter and so does humanity. We are here for a reason. I’m agnostic. There’s no evidence for an existence of God/ higher power. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. There is some sort of divine order or purpose to life, though I don’t think any one religion has it right yet. Religions are just man’s way of trying to explain things we don’t fully understand yet. Rather like how science is now. But if your religion is teaching you how to love and respect your fellow man or providing a sense of community, then do you man.

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monsterjack (13) (@monsterjack) 5 years, 10 months ago ago

I do not now. But my opinion is that each person have some purpose.This world is not created just to live and die.You have to experience things, study, work, interact with people, fight for your rights.  Life is beautiful, and we have to enjoy every moment of it. So what happens when we die I don’t know, but maybe in the moment of the death we can find some answers we’re searching now.

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