A Meaning of Life

The meaning of life? Well, that's a tough one. The meaning of life is our purpose. If we have a Creator, then that is simple-we should do as said Creator says. If, however, we do not have one, are we pointless creatures?

I say no. We are communal creatures. We belong in community. That is our purpose-community. We need to protect and expand our community, to care for each other. One who does not live caring for others, even if it is only one other, is being remiss in ones duties as a human being. Life, no matter what, is service to another.

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  • I object because you have merely explained the purpose of life in general, not the purpose of human life. If you want to arrive at such purpose by following reason instead of simply taking one for yourself, you might want to start by looking at what makes us truly human, what is truly unique to us as a species to the best of our knowledge? The answer is deep/abstract thought and our ability to reason. Every other trait we possess, including sociability, is shared and/or even rivaled by other species and thus cannot lead to a uniquely human purpose.

    The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectability is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all Truth concealed in His right hand, and in his left only the steady and diligent drive for Truth, albeit with a proviso that I would always and forever err in the process, and to offer me the choice, I would with all humility take the left hand.
    — Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

    You have been bred in a land abounding with men, able in arts, learning, and knowledges manifold, this man in one, this in another, few in many, none in all. But there is one art, of which every man should be'master, the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all? In like manner, there is one knowledge, which it is every man's interest and duty to acquire, namely, self-knowledge: or to what end was man alone, of all animals, endued by the Creator with the faculty of self-consciousness?
    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The purpose in life is what you make of it. You have a responsibility for the actions you make but you do not have a duty to anybody outside of your responsibilities.

  • At last, smooene who knows where to find the beef

  • BS low - rtaionaltiy high! Really good answer!

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