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Old September 16th, 2012 (11:05 AM).
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No purpose at all.

Our mommies and daddies just decided to get it on and poof, our little cells were like, "Sup let's make this dude/chick"
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Old September 16th, 2012 (12:23 PM).
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I think life's purpose is just to live it to the fullest and to the most you can and want.
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Old September 16th, 2012 (12:38 PM).
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I feel like "the purpose of life is to live" is a major cop-out. Basically, it's a belief that there is no purpose to life, but it sounds so much nicer to have it in a cute little soundbite that's elegantly summed up in ambiguous pseudo-intellectual phrasing, so in the end that little bunch of meaningless words pops out.

As far as my opinion on the meaning of life? I think something along the lines of Scarf. We aren't born with any one greater purpose, either individually or as a species. However, I feel that for the majority of people, we work better with a final goal in mind, even if it's an ill-formed, ambiguous goal such as "go to college, get a career, get married". Even as a kid I had that kind of goal. I didn't know what I wanted to do career-wise, I didn't know who I wanted to marry, I didn't know what school I wanted to go to. But I knew that that's in general what I wanted for my future and it gave me something to focus on when I was down or felt like there was no point in trying hard in classes or something similar.

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Old September 16th, 2012 (12:51 PM).
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Old September 16th, 2012 (5:09 PM).
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What if we were creatures with a grand purpose. The things we do, say, and interact with all affect us. With the logic of "it is just to live" that makes us sound like we are not sentient, like we are programs or robots. We can see the world, understand the universe, and even with our many flaws we come together.

The question asks "Do our lives have purpose?", but the answer isn't very easy because the question is asking two things. What purpose do our lives have, and then to who? I mean do you really live your life for just yourself? If that was the case why are there so many stories of sacrifice? Why do people even bother to risk our lives to help strangers?

People think so negatively of humans, but they don't give enough credit. We actually do things that go against our nature, our instinct. We have the ability to give our lives purpose to anyone and everyone in the world. This ties in with the statement about fate I made on the first post. One single comment can change a life, one single kind gesture can make a day. (I have one example. We had gone down to the beach (my family and I) and there was this married couple. All I said was, "you guys have a pretty strong relationship, you guys must be so happy" and I thought nothing of it (I'd actually forgotten saying it the next day) though that couple took it to heart and said that it made them much stronger. After we got home my mother had told me how happy the statement had made them.) The point is, the words seemed to have no purpose, but even something that small (to me) was quiet important to someone else.
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Old September 18th, 2012 (12:12 PM).
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Old September 18th, 2012 (3:46 PM).
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Old September 22nd, 2012 (3:30 PM).
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The purpose of life is to decide what your purpose is.

In the grand scheme of things, the cosmos isn't going to hold your hand. If you're waiting for some high power to give you a universal answer to life itself, you're going to turn blue in the face and die. There isn't one.

That doesn't mean life has no meaning. The only really universal answer to life is that you have to find your own meaning.

Right now my purpose in life is to find out what that is on my own.

That probably sounded extremely cryptic. My head isn't so good right now, but I hoped that answered someone's question.
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Old September 24th, 2012 (12:39 PM).
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Our purpose in life is to eat delicious pizza. With our current population and the rate at which we create tasty pizzas, the angry sun will not consume us for ~5 billion years. This is why procreation is important, to have more people eating pizza to stave off the sun.
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Old October 3rd, 2012 (7:24 PM).
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Well It's all relative really. If you think your life has a bigger purpose you will strive to achieve something great, therefore ask and you shall receive. In my opinion, I have a purpose for being here. I was just in a terrible accident where my buddy died..I wonder why not me. I guess It's the only way I can accept it, to believe I lived because some "higher power" knows I'm bound to do something great! Haha. I'm not religious, but I do believe in some sort of a higher power. Anyways, that's my 2 cents.
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Old October 4th, 2012 (9:24 PM).
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If your life doesn't have a purpose, then why are we even born at all?
When a mummy and a daddy love each other very much....

Personally I believe people are born to do certain things. Eminem was born to be a rapper, Bill Gates was born to revolutionise the technological world, etc. It would make sense if you consider that some people are born with certain skills, which they take further and make something of themselves. All comes down to the individual though, if they don't want to strive to be the best they can be then that's their choice whereas if someone wants to make an impact in the world, they'll try their hardest to do just that.
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Old October 4th, 2012 (9:58 PM).
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Our purpose in life is to discover our purpose.
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Old October 5th, 2012 (2:25 PM).
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I'd have to say I dont believe we have much of a purpose on this Earth. I don't think we are unique as intelligence in the Universe, we are simply one way for the Universe to discover and think about itself. I believe we're all result of stardust, and the creation and expansion of the Universe over the few billions of years. We're here to make our mark as a race of people, being the most ingenious and self-providing in the history of planet Earth. Not much else. As a creature, we feed on curiosity and find the answers ourselves.

But in the end, my (hopefully) 90-some years of life will truly mean nothing to anyone other than myself and those closest to me. The bad day I had today won't matter at all in a few year's time. The bad days I had when I was 15, acting like it was the end of the world, not at all true...
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Old October 6th, 2012 (2:41 PM).
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I believe that god made us all for a specific purpose, however if you think about it, it really makes no sense. Why would we be made just to take space up in heaven? I've tried to believe the theory of evolution but I just can't. The kind of intelligence that makes up the human body, the way your heart beats, the billions upon billions of cells that are working endlessly to protect us and keep us safe. It fascinates me and it leads me to believe that there must be something of a colossal intelligence that makes us and creates us for a purpose. Maybe we're all just worker bees for a higher power, idk
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Old October 6th, 2012 (4:39 PM).
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Does an atom have a purpose?
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Old October 7th, 2012 (1:01 PM).
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Well actually an atom does have a purpose 0.o, I mean between Nukes and the Sun alone is immense. The universe was started off of one atom or something. Humans can't create though, they can only harm. Things we create benefit ourselves and harms something else, the universe and atoms are so benign, I mean its like the universe was made for existence.

Maybe somebody's life has a grand purpose but it isn't mine, I only have one big goal.
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Old October 17th, 2012 (7:17 AM).
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Fundamentally, yes. I believe we all have a True Will and fundamentally, it is a Thelemite's goal to achieve Knowledge & Conversation of their Holy Guardian Angel so that they can learn their True Will.

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Old October 25th, 2012 (5:03 PM).
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Our natural purpose in life is to let our intuition guide us and allow us to simply do what we love to do.

Our secondary purpose on the other hand isn't too pretty...

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Old October 26th, 2012 (9:40 PM).
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I believe we're all here for a reason. You may be fulfilling your purpose without realizing it. It's not all about you and what you think. One day, someone will tell you how much you helped, or how something you said gave direction to a life, or how supportive a friend you are/were. You're making a mark--a mark you are destined to make. Only wish you could recognize it and appreciate it.
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Old October 30th, 2012 (5:51 PM).
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I really like this topic, I believe life on a whole doesnt have a purpose but the elements in which inhabit it does such as a human. Since i technically believe in Fate(its just where you end up regardless of what you do, like dying.) i think each living organism Supernaturally caused or just naturally selected in some form has a meaning. For example Say a young girl named sally saw a 2leged dog which inspired her to become a vet, resulting in her saving a dog which saved a life during a terrorist attack.
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Old November 1st, 2012 (7:44 PM).
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I personally think that life has a purpose-
We all are given tasks - weather it'd be discovering new things, stopping crime - and your talents are based off of what you have to fulfill in life.

That's just what I think.
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Old November 2nd, 2012 (3:45 AM).
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Man this discussion is depressing... I think our purpose is to live life and leave a mark for people to remember us.

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Old November 8th, 2012 (7:00 PM).
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Life does have a purpose and that is to live them. Living life gets tough and that is when people begin to question why they exist, why am I here, what is my sole purpose? I think many people have felt this before. Just another obstacle to get over.

I'm not sure what the meaning of our lives are, but I'm not going to question the time I have here. With the time I have here I'm trying to make the best I can out of myself. I don't believe in fate, just the fact that we are here to live and to achieve our own goals we set for ourselves.
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Old November 8th, 2012 (8:24 PM).
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In my opinion there's no purpose to life. Just do whatever you like and live a happy life.
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Old November 9th, 2012 (4:28 AM).
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I'm pretty positive that everyone's lives have purpose, but we don't really find out what it is until the time comes. Up to now, most people don't know what they're supposed to do in life, what they're supposed to be. And I'm one of them.

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