The Purpose of Life

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  1. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Experience can be considered, mostly, external happenings to life forms

    External happenings are hardly something to hang purposes on

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  3. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Which is my point.

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    I'm not actually hanging purposes on to experience. For me, experience is the purpose of life. I'm just here for the ride.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Its not thwt it has to be, its that it makes no sense without context.

    No it really is ambiguous. For example, experience can be a verb or a noun, with different meanings.
    One can have an experience.
    One can experience an event.
    One can be experienced, at a skill, say.
    Etc.

    And it still doesnt explain how it constitutes a "purpose of life".
     
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  7. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    All of the above.

    The dictionary lists all of your examples under the term "experience" which is why I explained that for me, the purpose of life can be summed up in one word. Everything you listed is the purpose. Experience is the purpose. When I bump my head, when I eat food, when I catch a cold, when I dream, when I breathe in and out, when I learn a skill, those are all experiences divided into categories that can me summarized by the word experience.

    For me, all of the above is the purpose of life. To put it another way, just living, experiencing life... experience.
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Everything you wrote above is still ambiguous.

    This is not:
    It took an entire page of posts to extract that from you.
     
  9. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Hmmm, ok let me try it this way. Ambiguity is the purpose of life.

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  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That's not a purpose.
     
  11. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Yes, you're right, it's not. That's just me being facetious.

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    But my answer to the OP remains the same. For me, the purpose of life is experience. Anyone can interpret that as they will.
     
  12. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Sorry for the double post. We're having Internet problems over here.

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  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    This is the only correct aspect of the answer in my view.

    There is no single objective purpose to life. There are as many purposes to life as there are people.

    We each decide what our purpose will be.
    Some make their purpose to serve others (such as family and children).
    Some choose to explore and illuminate nature.
    Some vie to experience.
     
  14. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    Really? So what you are saying is that anyone can have their own perspective on the purpose of life? Interesting.
     
  15. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Since LIFE (every single life form) has no purpose why not invent a purpose to help you get through lt

    Pat yourself on the back occasionally on how good you are doing

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  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic.

    Not only can anyone have their own perspective, everyone must have their own perspective. 'Purpose' is a human invention.
     
  17. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    So in other words, there's no wrong answer here.

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  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    The only wrong answer is the one that asserts an over-arching purpose beyond our individual interpretations.

    That is, unless they invoke a higher power in their interpretation. (I mean, there nothing stopping someone from asserting that the purpose of life is to execute God's will. Obviously that raises more questions about the existence of God, but the answer is still provisionally valid.)
     
  19. Zero Point Native Registered Member

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    That's cool. I got ya.
     

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