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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 02-14-2020, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Deep topic.

What do you think is the purpose of life? Do you think there is a purpose? Are your opinions based on a religious belief?

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Would that be a purpose to all life or just specifically to mankind?

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I can’t get into it here because my beliefs are just too woo woo for the average TAM reader. But I do believe there is purpose. Just that we won’t “remember” what that purpose was until we die. Also I believe the smallest most trivial events in our lives are part of this purpose.
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No purpose whatsoever. Purpose implies a consciousness outside myself with a goal for my being here to which I do not subscribe.

The follow-on question is usually something about how can I be anything but a complete nihilist. The only answer I can give is that I do not need to have a predefined purpose for my existence to find it meaningful, to have a functioning morality, to care about others, or to be a "good person".
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Ahhh, the most important question of all. A great topic. I won't add, yet, but this has potential to be a long and varied thread.

Good topic!
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There is no purpose to life, if there is no afterlife. There are literally few consequences for those who live a decent life and go along with whatever the newest trend is within the culture. This would provide a means of survival in itself.

There is no reason for us to be here. We are just a matured parasite. I use the term parasite because that is literally what we are in the womb. We live off of the host. Therefore, only because the majority believe something is wrong, would we have any laws. If we were all of the belief that no one is worth more than a parasite, then we would have no laws about murder or any other crime against humanity. Why would we need to care?

When we realize we normally have a desire to achieve at least some of Maslow's Hierarch of needs, we know that there is something more to us than simple animals. We don't need that quality. We only need a desire to procreate to continue. Food sources would regulate population.

The earth did not have a need for humans. We don't contribute much to the environment. We use the earth's resources and barely give back, if at all. We even take resources from the earth and send them to space where oxygen and hydrogen are expelled after chemical reaction, never to return to earth. We are literally throwing away our own resources when that happens. They won't return. At least, CO2 can be split into carbon and oxygen and reused by plants for food and to replenish oxygen.

What do we do? Can't think of a thing. Well, we love each other. Do we? Really?

So, if there really is no need for us to be here in the circle of life that keeps the earth healthy, like the rest of nature, there has to be something else. There is no other reason evolution had to produce such an intelligent creature.

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I can’t get into it here because my beliefs are just too woo woo for the average TAM reader. But I do believe there is purpose. Just that we won’t “remember” what that purpose was until we die. Also I believe the smallest most trivial events in our lives are part of this purpose.
Is that a technical term?

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I think that everyone is here for a special purpose. Sometimes, we know early on what that is; sometimes it takes a little while to figure it out. I’m not terribly religious, but am spiritual, but this opinion/feeling has nothing to do with that, it’s just how I feel about things.
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Would that be a purpose to all life or just specifically to mankind?
Purpose to life in general? Why are we here?
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No purpose whatsoever. Purpose implies a consciousness outside myself with a goal for my being here to which I do not subscribe.

The follow-on question is usually something about how can I be anything but a complete nihilist. The only answer I can give is that I do not need to have a predefined purpose for my existence to find it meaningful, to have a functioning morality, to care about others, or to be a "good person".
I'm kind of with you on this one.

If you had had the choice, would you have chosen to come into existence?

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Life really has no purpose, except for what purpose we give it.
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I remember when Steve Martin found his Special Purpose in The Jerk!

2/3s dead!
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I remember when Steve Martin found his Special Purpose in The Jerk!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5xLLwERIqXs
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Life really has no purpose, except for what purpose we give it.
Oh we can go down the rabbit hole with this one.
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Religiously, the purpose of life is happiness.
Should I decide to pursue another religion I like Sikhism. Truth, wisdom, and sharing meals. Hard to go wrong there.
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