Does the possibility that life has no meaning, bother you?

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  1. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 70 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Vociferous did post a link to my quote

    Problem is the poster he directed his reply to I suspect is on my Iggy list so any inquiry directed to me from someone on my Iggy list is not going to reach me

    Dead end

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  3. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    Works fine for me. Both posting and clicking them in others' posts.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Interesting. Do you have anyone on Ignore?

    The up-arrow feature seemed to stop working for me about the time I first put someone on Ignore - even though it seems to be broken in all cases. For example, even the arrow in the above quote of this post is broken.
     
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  7. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

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    I didn't, but I just tried it out on a likely candidate. Their quotes disappear in others' posts, but if you find a post of theirs and temporarily allow them to show, all the quotes show and links work.
     
  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    The questionable assumptions there are (a) God exists, and (b) God gives life meaning.

    I suppose so.

    But this is all rather self-centred, don't you think?

    There's the meaning we make for ourselves, then there's the meaning that others make of our lives. Most of the focus here seems to be on the former, to the exclusion of the latter - apart from the God botherers of course, who rely on God for the whole package.
     
  9. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I can’t speak for others, but for me, faith isn’t a self centered thing, although it can be, I guess. A reliance on God to steer the ship so to speak, doesn’t mean we don’t have free will. He’s the all-knowing One though, not me.
     
  10. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    To me there is a near certainty that life has no inherent meaning and it does not bother me.

    About 5 billion years from now the earth will be gone mankind will be gone and there will be essentially no trace (except for a few pieces of space junk outside of the solar system lost in interstellar space) that we ever existed. Meh...
     
  11. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Do you strive for anything in life, though? If you do, then why bother if there's no point? If what we do really doesn't matter much?
     
  12. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Nihilism is at best non-suffering, but it doesnt promise you will be happy. Even non-violence is a anti-Christ, while pacifism becomes a onomatopoeia for peace that creates safety and happiness simaltaeously with morality.
     
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  13. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    What an intriguing post. ''Nihilism is at best non-suffering.'' One of my Buddhist friends often says ''pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.'' So, in the end, if we wallow in self pity, we choose our lot in life, I guess.
     
  14. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    I strive to be happy. I strive for the people I love to be happy. The point is being unhappy is unpleasant and being happy is pleasant.
     
  15. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Agree, but I don’t think one can exist without the other. Unhappy times make us appreciate happy ones, I think.
     
  16. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 70 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Striving for something, anything, within your own personal lifetime is totally different to striving for something unknowable

    Life is a process and has no discernible endgame target

    If you have any idea of what a target for life looks like please share

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  17. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    I choose to be happy. Your own feelings are a result of your own actions. They can't hurt you unless you choose to suffer.
     
  18. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    We have far more to be grateful for if suffering ended.
     
  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Let it be known that, on this day, at this time

    kx000 said something both comprehensible AND relevant.
     

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