EnglishSpirit » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:57 pm wrote:
I’m conducting an experiment through social media regarding the ‘meaning of life’. I want to know; what you think your purpose is? What you think is beyond the universe? And so forth…
I’m collating thousands of responses. Your response is anonymous; however, you can provide your first name if you wish. It’s a random conversation topic I know, but your opinion is extremely valuable
The question of course assumes we have a PURPOSE for being on this planet.
One could be forgiven for believing that all life forms on our planet have the single purpose of perpetuating and possibly improving DNA. We all compete to some extent within and between species for survival. You could almost think that DNA is the deity we all attempt to please. But this does not imply a purpose.
Life could just be a RANDOM chemical accident.
In fact, it seems to me that the further we delve into the microcosm, the more its components appear to become random (Quantum behaviour) and meaningless. And the more we delve outwards into the macrocosm (Universe) the more we discover new variations of its components and the more heterogeneous and meaningless it appears to become. (Yes, I know there are some identifiable patterns, but a heterogeneous conglomerate remains)
And then take a minute to ponder your own insignificant existence. You are reading this only because your biological mother and biological father had what was most probably a pleasant interlude with one another on one timely occasion. You then resulted from the fusion of one human ovum that happened to be present at the time with one of billions of sperm competing to be the first to fuse with that ovum. Think about the odds involved in becoming who you are as a result of such a chance fusion. And then multiply that by the number of eligible females that your biological father could have dallied with at that time. Given the number of births annually on this planet, put your insignificant self into that perspective and then tell me you have been endowed with a purpose.
One could lose all personal perspective of life (‘go nuts’) if one ponders such matters too much.
Omar Khayyam must have felt this when he drafted his Rubaiyat centuries ago and to some extent concluded that instead of pondering such matters we should get on with life the way we find it – “Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”
As one wit pointed out, he did not include a blanket in his picnic list.
Or as the plebs in my area of upbringing used to say – “You’ve got it made if you have three meals a day, a roof over your head and half a bed”.
Forget any notion of being born with a purpose in life. You are just a biochemical accident. But if you believe you have the opportunity in the life you've been endowed with to improve the lot of others, or to make our planet a better place in a small or large way, go for it.
Sadly, many of our kind have seriously manifested such misguided senses of purpose in the past that have resulted in a multitude of ideological pursuits. Zealots who've followed those ideologies have achieved nothing but conflicts over those ideologies. And that seems to be the status quo of interpersonal, intergroup, and international antagonisms on our planet at the moment.