The meaning of life???

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    Kattie1999 Junior
    Whats the meaning of life? A question that has been asked by thousands of philosophers all around the world, but have they come up with an answer. Many believe they have indeed answered this one question. There answers though, seem rather farfetched.

    Some believe that we have no meaning, no purpose, we just live and die, and we can either accept this or not. But, in my opinion saying that there is no meaning to life is like saying there was no reason that Hitler killed so many Jews, or that there was no meaning when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. You in your own mind might believe that there was no reason to what Hitler and the Japanese did, but if you look deeper than just the facts that appear in our History books, then you might find that these people might have had a reason. Such as, Hitlers reason was to want to rule the world, though not the best reason to murder so many, it was a reason. The Japanese probably killed so many Americans because back then our country did not accept their country. In my mind there is a reason for why things happen, no madder the magnitude or significance.
    Back to my original question, the first theory of the meaning of life that I explored was emidiatly checked off and brushed away. The second that I had explored was that of life as we know it has little meaning, meaning that we live and die, nothing happens, nothing changes, life just is the same routine continued by a circle that sometimes effects the process of Earths coarse. This to me sounded a lot like the first, in a way that the two seemed to maybe make up by the same person. Again I disregarded this as just saying that like the first it was simply not possible.

    Later that same day I had gone outside to think. As I thought I looked around the world admiring the beauty. Thats when I figured it out, the meaning of life that is. Everything around me had such a short life, but everything had a purpose. Such as a tree, this tree only might live a few hundred years, but it can do so much. It will supply us with oxygen, maybe a memory that we will never forget, or will be used to make paper that will be used to write a bill of some sorts.
    Even something as small as a rock makes a difference in our life. Weather it affects us hugely, or merely; it serves a purpose. This purpose is something that God gave it, something that only God sometimes knows. The same thing applies to humans. Other than our existence to worship God, I believe that every life serves a difference in our world. Again if its small or huge. All lives will always serve a purpose and will accomplish this purpose before it dies. In short, I believe that the meaning of life is so that we can build a world that pleases our God, and serves him well. Even small people will affect our world and create it more or less to our Gods liking.
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    Anastasia Hot Shot
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    Carri04 Hot Shot
    I believe people make life more complicated than it needs to be.
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    Kattie1999 Junior
    But why shouldn't it be complicated, life is the only thing we really truly have
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    Hunteriscool Experienced
    but it isnt the only thing we neglect :L
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    Carri04 Hot Shot
    I didn't mean complicated in that way Kattie, I mean people keep coming up with s--- that the world doesn't need and destroy precious resources during so.
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    Hunteriscool Experienced
    Your talking like a goddamned wannabe philosifer.
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    Carri04 Hot Shot
    who are you directing that to, hunter?
  • tongue Advanced
    The meaning of life is what we choose. Simple as that. Existentialist teachings in a nutshell.
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    Nikki_Knox Advanced
    ...My opininon?

    You spend a few years in school, a bunch of years working and the a bit of your years weakening. You spend the rest of eternity dead.

    So, therefore, you have plenty of room to screw up, do nothing and waste time. No one's going to punish you in the afterlife...

    ...except for yourself. If you fear yourself and your words, you sure as hell need to succeed and pass life.

    Think of it as a test: you can study and study all you want, but, in the long run, it's only a test. whether you pass or fail won't mean anything to you on your death bed. Passing and failing is up to you: if you learned something, you passed. If you memorized for that test and then forget everything afterwards, you fail.

    Life is life. While your busy wondering what the f--- it is and it's one true meaning, something interesting might be happening right around the corner...

    ...Or maybe you just need a better hobby than studying philosophy ;P
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    Hunteriscool Experienced
    Towards kat.
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    Carri04 Hot Shot
    Then I agree with you Hunter.

    I used to love philosophy, but then I read all of my s---

    then more s--- by others

    I realized how incredibly foolish it all sounded. Well it sounded foolish to me.
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    barberbob2 Experienced
    Sadly Kattie, I had to laugh at your post. You believe that Hitler's motive for killing the Jews was simply because he wanted to rule the world. And even worse, you believe that the Japanese attacked America because we didnt accept them. I'm sorry to point out that before Hitler went into politics, he tried artistry. His mentor, banker, and boss were all Jewish and when his art career collapsed, he blaimed them for it and convinced himself that it was because they were jewish. He didnt only discriminate against the Jews either. Hitler was a white supremicist. Have you ever heard of, "building the master race"? It was an idea used by the nazis to literally remove any human life that they didnt see as perfect. 6ft, blonde haired, blue eyed, christians.
    The Japanese on the other hand were associated with the Axis powers during world war II. Between territorial disputes with China and peer pressure to assist in the war from the other axis countries, Japan lashed out.
    So there's your history lesson for today. Your "reasons to do things" was caused by greed, fear, anger, mistrust, and ignorance. Also, I noticed how you disregarded your first two opinions on the matter and eventually decided to fall back onto your god for a more comfortable point of view.

    The fact is that the only way there could be a meaning to life is for a grand creator to have made it so. A being who has neither proof oh its own existance, nor credible reasoning or logic to even dispute at it. Your tree that is so important is a carbon based streem of genetic code that falls under the floara family. It has no regard for what it does or what it will become. It survives by soaking neutrience out of the ground, that nutrience is mostly absorbed into the tree to be used for growth. The remaining part is evacuated out the leaves as what we refer to as oxygen. The tree doesnt care if you have happy moments around it, if a tree could care about anything it would be at the fact that its life was tragically cut short because humans like you cut it down to write a stupid bill.
    Your other friend the rock is even more simple than the tree. It is an inorganic compound of either sandstone or limestone. It has no feeling, no emotions, and doesnt even portray any signs of being alive. It's very existance is because of the continuos pressure from the earths crust condensing mud into rock. The rock is usually then resurfaced as tectonic plates shift and expose them. (So meaningful!)
    And lastly, my favorite subject, your imaginary friend in the sky who governs your morals and gives your robotic life meaning. I'm not going to adress your god because he exists only inside your head. I will adress you directly and cut out the already imaginary middle man. The fact is that life is scary. The fact that we exist in a world where your actions coincide with the cards you've been dealt, and those two factors alone decide your fate is a scary notion. Human beings, being the first primate species to require sentience to survive, started questioning things. Sadly though, they were still primitive compared to modern man and they didnt have the understanding of the world around them to have a reasonable explanation for things. The sun moving across the sky became magic. The solar and lunar eclipses became signs of evil, and stars became an untouchable paradise. This concept grew as humanity did into the basics for religion. Hinduism is the oldest modern religion, dating back nearly 6,000 years before your christ supposedly born. Christianity itself is a monstrous parody of any situation that came up that they couldnt overcome. The cross was used for the crusifixion because it was a political statement against the romans. The 10 commandments are simple moral codes for any human being, and Christ was born on December 25th because the Pagans already had a holiday on that day and it made it easier to convert them if they had familiar ground. Even the words "Bless you" come from the latin word blesuer, which roughly translates into the act of sacrificially bathing in the blood of an animal to heal sickness.
    The only reason your religion has survived so long in a society where its ignorance is becoming increasingly obvious, is because children are indoctrinated into it at an early age. You are raised on the belief that blind faith in something your parents told you to believe in is more important than the actual facts that weigh against it. Religion at one point in humanity was good. It kept the general population safely under control of the governing bodies with threats of damnation and eternal suffering. But those good old days are over. Religion is now the shackling chains that binds humanity to bronze age ignorances and is keeping us from progressing.

    And remember, there once was a time when religion and religion idiologies roamed free. It was a time of the heretic trials and the inquisition. They're called the dark ages for a reason.

    But back to the original point where all of this is actually leading to, as a way to summarize all of it;
    "A meaning to life requires a maker. There is no maker. Life has no meaning."
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    LeahM Junior
    When this question arises I always, personally, remind myself of this...

    It's not the purpose of life but a life of purpose.
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    Appayipyip42 Experienced
    Everything has a purpose. A life without purpose would be boring. P.S. The meaning of life is 42.

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