What is the Purpose of Life?

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milimi
 
Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2018 06:26 am
@Dr Seuss,
I think so, the meaning of life should be the same for everyone.
This is why we have created God.
As life is absurd, to fill this emptiness, each of us try to give it a personal goal.
 
Aetherian
 
Reply Sun 12 Aug, 2018 02:46 am
@ImMachiavellian,
The answer is mystical and beyond philosophy. The answers are in Theosophy and in the works of George King (1919-1997). He was a Yogi Adept able to reach Cosmic Consciousness within two minutes under any conditions as demonstrated before TV cameras. The purpose of all life is Experience which in many incarnations intelligent creatures gain knowledge of themselves as Units of the Creator in existence on different planets. The times involved are of millions of years, the human phase as we know it is superceded and described in the book "The Nine
Freedoms". There is a driving force which is Curiosity emenating from that of the Creator
Itself.
 
589689
 
Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2018 11:52 pm
@ImMachiavellian,
To me the purpose of life is to learn new things and enjoy it.
 
Suzanne1914
 
Reply Sat 8 Sep, 2018 03:08 am
@ImMachiavellian,
For me, the purpose of life, is to look after the earth that my Creator has given human beings and to lead my life that gives Him glory.

This enables me to cope with the humdrum life.
 
Luxin
 
Reply Tue 23 Oct, 2018 05:37 am
I agree with others that the purpose of life is to (really) live -- which means being happy in what we do. However, we are divided regarding what it means to 'really live'. A doper lives to get high, and a famous novelist may live to write wonderful novels. But temporal things don't bring lasting happiness, so they have no real purpose.

I could tell you what the purpose of our lives is, but virtually no one would believe me, so I don't bother. I know when I'm beaten, and don't waste my time; but I find a way because my purpose and my soul drive me to share the Truth anyway.

The question is a good tease. Long ago, as a junior peripatetic, when someone would pass us on a quiet night, I asked it of my friend.

G-Thomson, yes, the truth is what we are. I amend that to: truth and love is what we essentially are, and those things are eternal. One can find a sense of purpose and happiness in expressing those two Virtues, if one is a true prophet and has the moral strength to do such unfailingly. Plenty of false prophets make a disgraceful career out of talking about them, charging money for it....

When I was a kid, my purpose was to play in the dirt with toy trucks. If I had been interested and able to answer the question I might have said, 'Duh, playing with trucks all day is my purpose!' I discovered my higher purpose when I was 19, after 2 years of depression. What my purpose and your purposes are is for me to know and you to find out. To not know is deadly, because we are the farthest thing imaginable from bumps on a log -- spiritual beings. But most of us are not, and this has the tragic equivalent of a deer who isn't able to be a deer.

'Life is short, but truth works far and lives long; let us speak the truth'. (Arthur Schopenhauer).

'To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice'. (John 18.37).
 
 

 
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