The "meaning" or "purpose" in the most broad sense of the term is "to evolve". Life exists to go beyond its current boundaries. To grow and expand beyond its current limitations.
And if life is not doing that then indeed there is no meaning or purpose. It might as well not exist at all, if it is not going to "evolve"....
If you believe that to be the purpose of your
life then there's nothing wrong with that. I also regard growth (in many senses, including emotional and intellectual) as part
of the self-declared purpose of my own life.
But these are our own self-declared life-goals, are they not? If there is another person in the world who is happy simply to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and not to have any sense that they have "grown", but just to take each day's pleasures as they come, do we have the right to declare, as if it is an objective fact, that they might as well not have lived at all
I'm sure they'd disagree. And I think they'd be right to do so.
No. Life exists to progress
, whether we agree or not. I was speaking in very general
terms, as in life in general. The purpose of life in general
is to evolve. As in taking "Life" as a sort of Whole.
If an individual organism cannot evolve itself, then it exists for the purpose of helping other entities evolve. It is food
for them, or it aids them in their own evolution just by virtue of their existence
, whether they wish to or not. So you
might not be able to evolve, nor want to, but you can certainly be "food"
for some other organism which can
evolve, i.e. another organism can use your existence/life for its own progress. A bird cannot progress to know calculus, but if you eat a bird you can use its energy
in order to think about and understand calculus.
So you might say that the "highest" purpose of an individual organism is to evolve (for itself). A "lower" purpose would be to at least exist so that
other organisms can evolve. The "general" purpose of life is to just evolve in general
Belindi wrote:It's a necessary attribute of a living thing that it goes beyond its "current boundaries". Change is intrinsic to living things. Indeed no thing, alive or not, would exist unless it was involved in change.
Change happens willy nilly. Every living thing's purpose is not to change.
Change is not progress. Change is not necessarily going beyond its boundaries. Change can be death, degeneration, decay. No, merely "change" is not the meaning of life. That would be like saying "to reproduce itself" or to "maintain itself" is the meaning of life. Again, we have a vicious circle from which their is no escape.
No, the meaning is not merely "change", it's progressive
change, i.e. "evolution". The purpose is not to degenerate, decay, or die. And the only reason things like degeneration, decay, and death exist (what is the meaning of death?) is because they are a part of another entity's evolution