The Purpose of Life

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  1. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    But love is capable of all things. So not only is physics the cause of love, but love is the cause of physics.
     
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  3. spidergoat Speak of the Devil Valued Senior Member

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    Love is not the cause of physical laws. They exist with or without beings.
     
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  5. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. Only people who love that stuff can practice it.
     
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  7. spidergoat Speak of the Devil Valued Senior Member

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    What?
     
  8. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    How do you not know? Love is the greatest known catalyst there is. If Anyang causes anything its love.
     
  9. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    We were bred into our shared co-evolutionary biom to be exactly who we are, doing exacatly what we are doing.
    The primary producers were here first, altering the chemistry of the oceans and then the atmosphere. After the iron had taken up all the oxygen it could they continued to produce their waste product and were poisoning the the atmosphere with too much oxygen. Meanwhile, they were starving for lack of CO2. They needed O consumers and CO2 producers sufficient to meet their needs. the insects couldn't do it, the amphibions couldn;t do it, the reptiles couldn't do it, finally a divergent mammalian species developed the ability to produce CO2 and consume oxygen beyond the simple inhale-exhale pattern that preceded us.

    The primary producers need our energy consuming natures. We are the lords of fire. We are the salvation of the primary producers all without intending the fulfilling of that necessary symbiotic relationship for which we have evolved.

    Don't worry. Just know that we evolved within a shared co-evolutionary biom as a necessary part of that biom. Live is the purpose of life.
     
  10. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Life is 'the purpose' indeed, and it need not be human life, though we think so highly of ourselves. If we muck up the habitat to our own detriment or even demise, it makes not a whit of difference to the universe or the greater amount of biomass which is microscopic in nature and which actually enables our existence at all.

    If homo sapiens dies out, it won't be the first failed primate and likely not the last. Someone, somewhere at some time will unearth our petrified remains and wonder at how primitive our lives must have been.
     
  11. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    If life is the purpose, dead things means we are pointless. We must only rise.
     
  12. Rajagopals Registered Senior Member

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    Assuming the fact that only humans can think about God, would it be to think about God and in the process have self-realisation of the self?
     
  13. river Valued Senior Member

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    The purpose of life is to exist because it is as part of the Universe as the galaxies are

    There is otherwise no purpose to life , life just can be , because it can

    It is up to Humanity to give life its purpose

    Which is to have Humanity exist as long as possible
     
  14. elte Valued Senior Member

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    Our purpose has been to overcome, or put pretty brashly, to conquer nature. This has been it whether we admit it or not, since we became sentient, and especially, self-aware. As Scheherazade touched upon, we do it best by cooperating, which, and with deference to Arne, requires kindness at all times in order to succeed. Note, I implore readers not to take lessons from Islamic State in the Levant or Syria.
     
  15. river Valued Senior Member

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    To the first statement , sort of agree but also work with Nature
     
  16. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    There is no purpose of life, any more than there is a purpose for quartz or the moon titan. That being said, since people happen to be sentient we get to assign any 'purpose' to life that we choose. A pretty enviable ability I would say.
     
  17. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    To you - and anyone else deluded enough to think that this is a fact - I have two words: Bacon sandwiches.
    But, other than that, no. No "purpose".
     
  18. Carcano Valued Senior Member

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    If you really KNOW (as opposed to merely believing) that consciousness is ETERNAL the question of purpose would never arise.

    A purpose is only sought as a distraction from mortality.

    Does a Mozart melody have a goal or objective?
    What is the purpose of a beautiful sunset?
    It has none, but we can enjoy it nevertheless.
     
  19. Carcano Valued Senior Member

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    But if any individual life has no intrinsic value...what is the point in merely creating more lives?

    The Austrian psychiatrist Victor Frankl who wrote a popular book called "Man's Search for Meaning" used to address this issue often in his essays.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Frankl
     
  20. kmguru Staff Member

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    May be it is Mathematics...
     
  21. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    That depends... brown sauce or tomato sauce?

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  22. river Valued Senior Member

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    To reiterate

    The purpose of life is to exist because it is as part of the Universe as the galaxies are

    There is otherwise no purpose to life , life just can be , because it can

    It is up to Humanity to give life its purpose

    Which is to have Humanity exist as long as possible
     
  23. elte Valued Senior Member

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    The purpose of life varies with the individual and culture, and from time to time. Today, my purpose is to live as best as I can. That includes many personal things: effectiveness, longevity, pleasure, reciprocation, and other ways to help people in the world. The last thing involves a lot of overcoming the bad way life generally works, which is self-aggrandizing and tending to take from others.
     

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