The Purpose of Life

Discussion in 'Eastern Philosophy' started by kmguru, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Pleasure is the reason for life.
     
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  3. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe there isn't ''one'' purpose for our lives, but multiple purposes, that we discover throughout our lifetime. I can't imagine what one, sole purpose would be if there was to be just one.
     
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  5. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    What is the experience of pleasure without the experience of pain? What is up without down?

    Life.
     
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  7. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Those are rather silly dichotomies. You might as well ask what is health without disease. (A damn good thing.)
     
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  8. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    There is some truth in it, Bob. I never knew how important a healthy back is until I hurt my back. The most simple things became impossible after I injured my back.
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    SSB is right though. I'll choose not hurting my back. No downside there.
     
  10. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    Even more pleasure.
     
  11. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    Is that your life experience, continuous pleasure?
     
  12. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    You were happy with a healthy back, weren't you? Many of us never have back problems; are you saying we don't enjoy it? You might as well say we need to have cancer before we can appreciate not having cancer.
     
  13. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    I believe in it.
     
  14. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    I never truly appreciated a healthy back until mine hurt. You can bet I'm very careful now.
     
  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    You already said that. Is it true though? How is "truly appreciating" a healthy back different from just taking it for granted?
     
  16. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    Let's see, when you can't do something as simple as roll over on your side while in bed.
     
  17. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    You just keep repeating the same thing over and over again. That's an example, not an explanation.

    Do you have to have cancer to appreciate not having cancer? Do you have to jab yourself in the eye with a fork to appreciate not being jabbed in the eye with a fork?
     
  18. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    Absolutely not, but if you believe you will escape pain in this life... It is what it is, Bob. There is no up without down, as you should know.
     
  19. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Up and down are just directions, relative to where you are and how you are oriented.

    Pleasure and pain are similar. You can go toward more pleasure or toward more pain but you can't say that one position is pleasant and one is unpleasant.

    If you go up, the directions remain relative. You can still go up or down; you can never be "at" up or down. You can't say that you didn't appreciate up until you were down.
     
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  20. river

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    The purpose of life . Ask the gods .

    What matters to the gods ?

    Past the gods , the purpose of life matters not . What matters is the purpose of Humanity . We exist .

    How long we exist is what matters .
     
  21. Bowser Right Here, Right Now Valued Senior Member

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    Never been on a roller coaster?

    Can you define existence?
     
  22. river

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    Something .

    Something has three dimensional physical qualities ; length , breadth and depth . My definition of existence .
     
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  23. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    What does that have to do with what I said?
     

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