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  • be happy

    14 43.75%
  • change the world

    4 12.50%
  • create beauty

    6 18.75%
  • have fun

    9 28.13%
  • gain more power

    1 3.13%
  • improve yourself physically and mentally

    11 34.38%
  • make as much money as possible

    0 0%
  • make other people happier, or at least less miserable

    15 46.88%
  • reproduce

    8 25.00%
  • be or do something not listed above (please specify)

    18 56.25%
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Thread: The Purpose of Life

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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    Be happy, love and be loved, self improvement, help others (especially those that cannot help themselves), respect others, and have some fun while you're at it.

    That's the general gist of it, anyway.

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    Unfortunately, the world is full of people who say things like "You can't serve God even close to 'correctly' unless you follow [the Baptist Church/the Catholic Church/Judaism/Islam/whatever]." I know of no solution to this age-old dilemma.
    There is no solution. Separate religions are just that, separate. Stop trying to find some middle ground, there is none unless you care to butcher the religion in itself. The key is to respect others' religious views while staying true to yours and not pervert or force your religion's values on people in daily life (e.g. extremism, fundamentalism, etc).
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    I once asked someone "Why life?" And they said, "Because it's all you know."
    Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    I voted 'something not listed' because I believe that purpose is individually-driven and not driven by a higher authority. I believe that higher authority exists but people still do whatever they want for the most part.

    So I saw no point in checking off the other boxes just for myself. I'd say for many individuals it's more complicated than that, but definitely not for all, lol.
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    Quote Originally Posted by DifferentDrummr View Post
    How does one know that one is serving the "correct" God, though?
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    There is no hard and fast purpose to life. There is no absolute meaning to life. We drop in for a while and then leave. And for over 90% of us in a generation or two - if you are lucky - nobody remembers you outside of family.

    So for me its just try and do the right thing for yourself and for those you love and those you care for and tend do and try to leave the world a little bit better than you found it. But that is for each person to find for themselves and what works for me may not work for others.
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

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    Do no harm. Leave it like you found it.
    Leave it better than you found it.

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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    Why does there have to be a "purpose"?

    I'm here because my parents fornicated.

    For the time being, alive is better than not alive.

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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Stop trying to find some middle ground, there is none unless you care to butcher the religion in itself. The key is to respect others' religious views while staying true to yours and not pervert or force your religion's values on people in daily life (e.g. extremism, fundamentalism, etc).
    I'm not especially interested in finding a middle ground for all religions, or even for all major ones. Plenty of people get a sense of peace, belonging, and other things from their religion, and that's awesome. However, I think a lot of people worry that statements to the effect of: "the purpose of life is to serve God" are a stepping stone to the extremism and fundamentalism you brought up.
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    The purpose of life is to honor God and share his love for others with your life and to live out God's will for your life.
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    Re: The Purpose of Life

    I suppose, do what you can with the time that you are allotted. Some may disagree, but there is no one universal truth to this question. However, I suspect that sooner-or-later, it will be less of a philosophical question and more a scientific one.

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