Life has purposes?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Saint, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Why do we live?
    For what purposes?
    Sometimes I am tired of living, going to work, repeating the same thing everyday,
    can I choose to die?
    Is it meaningful to live as a man?
     
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  3. youreyes amorphous ocean Valued Senior Member

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    We live to create more life
    Our purposes are many, but they ultimately must lead to creation of life (in whatever shapes and forms and wherever)
    You have a choice to die but taking that choice undermines your purpose in life
    The meaning to life are many, as long as you follow your purpose in life, the meaning can be defined to your like.
     
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  5. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    You first say that we live to create life, that that is the purpose of life, yet then conclude that the meaning "can be defined to your like".
    Which is it?

    Personally I don't think our purpose in life is necessarily to create life.
    I think "purpose" is an entirely subjective matter.
    We certainly have functions we are capable of, and if we all don't exercise our reproductive function then our species will die out... but that does not, to me, equate to a purpose... after all, noone is saying that our species must survive.
     
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  7. Buddha12 Valued Senior Member

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    Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
    Henry David Thoreau

    “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”
    ― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    ― Khalil Gibran

    “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
    ― Khalil Gibran

    Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
    Buddha


    All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson


    I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
    John Burroughs


    Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
    Harvey Fierstein


    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
    E. B. White


    How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
    George Washington Carver
     
  8. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Another purpose of life thread? I thought you got your purpose from Jesus!
     
  9. R1D2 many leagues under the sea. Valued Senior Member

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    Is it meaningful to live as a man?-

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    if not its possible to undergo a sex change now in days.
    But I find living as a man meaningful to me. (Reasons differ by individuals though)
     
  10. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Because your parents procreated.

    Whatever you choose (or don't choose).

    It happens.

    Yes; however, you only get once chance to live and death is quite permanent.

    That is a subjective question. The answer can only come from you and is only for you.
     
  11. youreyes amorphous ocean Valued Senior Member

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    thats like saying we got airplanes now, because they were invented in beginning of 20th century.

    We got airplanes, because we wanted to fly and get to places fast and hard to access. Procreation by parents is not the reason, its the cause.
     
  12. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    It's both the how (procreation) and the why (parent's choice).
     
  13. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    There is no objective and universal "meaning of life". Everyone has to find for themselves what they live for, what they want to accomplish. And the best part is, that it doesn't matter just how silly is your bucket list, it is just as good as the next guy's, who wants to help humanity, spread peace or discover cures.

    So stamp collectors of the world, fear not inferiority!
     
  14. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    To love.
     
  15. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Well, I love being alive - is that what you mean?
    Otherwise, do you consider all those who don't "find love", or "love another" to have failed?
    Many of the world's species have no concept of "love", and have survived far longer than humans.
     
  16. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Don't complicate it, just love. I promise the smaller minded species love, and believe.
     
  17. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    The only reward after living a good life is that good life that you lived. Enjoy it, if you can. Help others to enjoy it too. What else is there?
     
  18. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Why? Where is it written that that is our purpose? And to what end?
    "Love" what, and "believe" what? And how do you know?
    Can you even define "love"?
     
  19. Saturnine Pariah Hell is other people Valued Senior Member

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    So what your saying is that a single Panthera Onca the apex mammalian predator of the Amazonian basin and a Ambystoma Tigrinum a insectivore of North America are equal to Homo Sapiens in terms of intelligence, physiology, or social behavior and “love” their respective gods/deities or "love" what they do everyday? Seems legitimate. Go ask Ursus Maritimus how much they "love" humans for destroying their habitat or hell ask Hydrodamalis gigas what they thought of the Russians. Beyond cats, dogs or any domesiticated animals that by means of artifical evolution have been breed to "love" us. All the other naturally occuring speices fear and avoid humans and with good reason.
     
  20. wlminex Banned Banned

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    IMO: The 'purpose' of life is to find that purpose . . . all else is incidental. Live long and learn as much as you can in your lifetime. Purpose will fall out of your life experiences (albeit, one or more life(s), depending upon your belief structure).
     
  21. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I think nature's intent is that we reproduce. That seems to be the main motivation behind most of our endeavors. That and survival.
    Death is counter to the survival instinct. Most creatures would choose to endure the hardships of life rather than just die.
    There's probably no higher meaning to life than those that I have pointed to. Everything else is just the product of human imagination. However, those ideas have produced much of what we are.
     
  22. Enmos Staff Member

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    Nature doesn't have any intents.
    Not always. At the very least it's an oversimplification. In fact, in several respects, there can be no (complex) life without death.
     
  23. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Sure it does. Do you disagree that our objective in life is to reproduce? Forgive me if I give a name to something that holds true for most life. What would you call it?

    The fact that life feeds on death doesn't change the fact that most life desires survival. We play the survival game every day. It's...natural that we strive to survive.

     

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