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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:49 PM
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If you do what is your purpose? (This might not easily be answered yes/no)

I don't think it has a purpose, there is no grand reason why we exist. Our lives themselves are worthless on a grand scale, the earth itself is. The "purpose" for our lives is created by ourselves, may it be a person or a goal. People without "purpose" may feel empty, and people who have lost or had their "purpose" taken away are sure to feel dead. But even then that is because it was something close to us and not someone else.

I do believe in fate though, no doubt what you do now or tomorrow can change someone, even a post here can but the question remains- Do you think Life has a purpose?
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Old September 1st, 2012, 10:02 PM
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I feel like everyone asks themselves this question at one point or another, and everyone settles for their own explanation somewhere along the line, either with religion or just experience-formed thought.

My conclusion is "the pursuit of happiness". Not in a sense that there is some ultimate grand happiness that we must pursue, but that, every day, we strive for some form of "happy". Those that find themselves in a happy situation do not have any concerns with their livelihood, while those that do not find themselves happy have troubles dealing with their lives. Therefore, in my mind, this scale determines the amount of "purpose" a life has at a certain point, and so, the reason we exist is for happiness.

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Old September 1st, 2012, 10:22 PM
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I think the purpose of our lives is to live them.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 11:17 PM
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No more than an ant or whatever other insignificant creature.

But we are given an amazing, unique opportunity to exist. So squeeze as much living out of it you can. Even if it is all for nothing in the end.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 11:01 AM
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I think the purpose of our lives is to live them.
Thank you.

The biological purpose of all life is to reproduce and hopefully have advantageous offspring. That's how advancements are made and it's how evolution works. But, for humans, that's a pretty shallow and primitive way of looking at it.

I don't think that, aside from the above idea, life has a purpose at all. Having a purpose would imply that there's an ultimate aim or a goal to be reached - but I don't see babies being born with pieces of paper saying "DOCTOR" or "LAWYER" or even "BEGGAR" stuck on their heads. I don't think anyone is born to do anything specifically, although sometimes extremely talented people in a particular area may naturally follow that path. People have free will and life's an ever-changing thing, so I think that people should just go wherever life takes them and wherever they want to go. No real purpose or aim other than living and seeing what happens.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:35 AM
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I agree that life doesn't have any innate purpose, but I think that we're at our best as human beings when we do have a purpose to believe in, goals to reach, and a sense of meaning. I find it a little ironic.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Other than surviving and maybe reproducing, I don't think there's any sort of fate or purpose in life that was always there. Personally, I'd say that if there's any purpose in your life then it's what you made it be. Something may seem like you were fated to do it, but that's probably just you doing something you're good at. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:32 AM
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My purpose is to find the truths that govern the world in which I exist in. But at times I wonder, why do I even care?
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:46 PM
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I actually love all these answers and they are all agreeable. What if our lives didn't have purpose though, and with that question what would separate us from a robot created with an AI? Could we mentally consider it alive (not scientifically) if it has goals?

Also why do we have a reason to live in the first place, why is it that we exist for the sole purpose to live on? These are really hard questions for me using any point of view (be it religious or scientific) and honestly the answers I made for these questions define me, change my view of the world.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:59 PM
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Lives having purpose? Ha...ha....ha...ha... when I was younger I thought if you're alive your life has purpose. And now I realized life doesn't have purpose at all. Although everyone is in this world for a reason. However I don't think that lives have purpose anymore.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 08:22 AM
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If your life doesn't have a purpose, then why are we even born at all?
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Old September 6th, 2012, 09:59 AM
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I'm personally more inclined to believe Darwin's theory of evolution. It seems that it's human instinct to survive, and if not through you own life then through producing an offspring. I can't say that this is a satisfying answer however. But while Darwinism isn't as comforting as creationism, I do find it infinitely more plausible.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:36 AM
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If your life doesn't have a purpose, then why are we even born at all?
Because if no-one was born then... people would all die out, I guess. I don't really feel that having a defined purpose is a prerequisite for birth at all... but then, as said earlier, I don't think we have any purpose until much later in life when whatever events have occurred have taken you to it. *shrug*

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I'm personally more inclined to believe Darwin's theory of evolution. It seems that it's human instinct to survive, and if not through you own life then through producing an offspring. I can't say that this is a satisfying answer however. But while Darwinism isn't as comforting as creationism, I do find it infinitely more plausible.
Why does whether or not you believe in creationism effect whether you feel like life has a purpose?
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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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If your life doesn't have a purpose, then why are we even born at all?
Do microscopic bacteria have a purpose to be born? They aren't even aware of their own existence.

How are we, as living things who will come and go on this planet any different?
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Old September 6th, 2012, 11:55 PM
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I don't believe our lives have some purpose that is exterior to ourselves; that it's been decided by some other factor. That seems a bit obtuse. It may well be that there is no definable point to us, but I'd like to think it's up to each individual to give their life meaning and point.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 12:27 AM
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Your life has a purpose if you actually live it. I try to live my life to the full and make it purposeful to myself and that is the main thing.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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What if everything is here just for us, all the animals, bacteria, and even viruses. What if the world was created for us the sentient beings to thrive, or die out. What if this applied to all planets with sentient, intelligent beings.
I believe in balance of the world though I don't know about some higher power, so what if there is some force (not entity) that drives everything forward just for our own lives.
Or what if every life is specifically for one person and everyone around you are just mindless npcs (including me) created to affect your life in some way?
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Old September 13th, 2012, 10:46 AM
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The answer to the great question of what our purpose in life is this: Your purpose is what you make it. Naturally speaking the purpose would be to survive and to see that your genetic code is carried on into the future, but considering we're sentient beings that can at least see beyond that level, I'd say that purpose to life is what we make it to be.
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Old September 13th, 2012, 05:52 PM
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I guess, you decide your purpose. If you want your life to have no purpose, fine. But if you want to have a purpose, it's your choice. There's no set "purpose" for all of us, we all have different ones.
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Old September 13th, 2012, 06:41 PM
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I'd say the purpose of life is to reproduce and continue the species, but I've grown up with a scientific background so it's not surprising haha. Although having said that, I'm gay and therefore won't be able to reproduce, so I'm essentially saying my life is pointless and that makes me uncomfortable! So I more like to think of the purpose of life to be to help the world flourish and grow and continue it's survival and existence as opposed to simply populating it. On a more personal level I do believe that everyone should strive for happiness of both them and the people around them, but whether that's a 'purpose' or not is debatable :p
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Old September 14th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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Life is pointless.

That being said, if we are, then why don't we make the best of it?

QED life is here so we can enjoy it. Find the truest fun there is, and that's our life's purpose.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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It is in our apparent best interests to propogate life, and it is at least more interesting than most things, but I can not and care not to ascribe it any meaning or lack thereof.
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Old September 15th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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Yes and no, and I'm of the opinion that it really depends on the person, and what kind of purpose they give their life. Call my perspective skewed if you want, but I personally believe that your purpose in life is somewhat based on, if not loosely revolving around the goals that you set and aim to achieve.

For example, I feel my purpose in life is to live it the best that I can, and to help as many people as possible. Whether it's in the IT field in the future, or just helping a friend out because he/she's sad or something. Helping people was something that made me feel happy, and the more that I do it, the more "purpose" that I feel in living.

That's just me, though.
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Old September 16th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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My purpose in life is to kick ass. Until I'm an old chap in a wheelchair. Then I can tell the whole world "When I was young, I kicked ass"

Seriously, people who see no purpose in life aren't curious enough what will be in their later life. That's sad.
I'll be going to university in a few weeks. It'll be more hell then heaven. But who gives? I'm up for it. At least, after I've graduated, I can say to myself "I kicked ass at university" :D

That's sort of my own purpose. Curiosity and challenging myself

E// Everyone hase a kind of purpose in life. Mine isn't that huge. I just want to know what will happen. And if I can handle it. The only goal is to kick ass :d
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