What's the meaning of life?

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Post Number:#16  Postby Stoan » March 19th, 2007, 11:35 pm

Personally: To make your mark (good, bad, etc.) in history.

Physiologically: To reproduce.

Mentally: To keep at it until you discover what it is. (Perhaps never)
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Post Number:#17  Postby kyle_schmidt » March 26th, 2007, 8:28 pm

The meaning of life, eh? This is a difficult question indeed. Before i adress it I should define what my view of the word life... A life, at least to me, is a series of interlocking and probably illogical experiences that changes the way we are and therefore has an effect on the universe. If all life is the same, then we can make generalizations about life, but not all life is the same. Plant life is different than animal life and other types of animal life are different from human life, so therefore if we are to make generalizations it would have to be only about human life. But before we can define human life in order to make said generalizations, we must define what it is to be human. I believe that to be human is to have the capacity for good and evil, and to make a concious decsion as to be one or the other, and to accept the conequences of your choices as being of your own making. Using these, we can begin to draw conclusions as to the meaning of human life. If human life is defined as being a series of interlocking and probably illogical experiences that changes a being with the capacity for good and evil that is forced to make concious choices between good and evil and must accept the consequences of said choices, then the meaning of life is to make the correct choices that will lead us down a path of "goodness." Goodness is in quotes due to the fact that good and evil are merely points of view and so are determined by the beholder of said word. Therefore, though life does have a meaning, and that meaning can be generalized, the real meaning of life is for each of us to decide in our own way.
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Post Number:#18  Postby cynicallyinsane » April 20th, 2007, 6:12 pm

Stoan wrote:Personally: To make your mark (good, bad, etc.) in history.

Physiologically: To reproduce.

Mentally: To keep at it until you discover what it is. (Perhaps never)

Isn't reproduction a part of life? Even if it's not, then what's the point of reproduction?
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Post Number:#19  Postby MyshiningOne » April 21st, 2007, 11:40 pm

cynicallyinsane wrote:
Stoan wrote:Personally: To make your mark (good, bad, etc.) in history.

Physiologically: To reproduce.

Mentally: To keep at it until you discover what it is. (Perhaps never)

Isn't reproduction a part of life? Even if it's not, then what's the point of reproduction?


Some people think that reproduction has no positive
effect on society. They think that we shouldn't bring children into this cruel world.

Weird but true.
It's not what you know that makes
you smart, it's knowing what you don't know.
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Post Number:#20  Postby cynicallyinsane » April 22nd, 2007, 12:04 am

I've never heard people who say that, but I would believe it. I've heard people say all sorts of crazy things!!!
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Post Number:#21  Postby MyshiningOne » April 22nd, 2007, 12:07 am

I've known so many people who have said that! I've
even heard it on T.V.!
It's not what you know that makes
you smart, it's knowing what you don't know.
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Post Number:#22  Postby cynicallyinsane » April 22nd, 2007, 12:31 am

MyshiningOne wrote:I've known so many people who have said that! I've
even heard it on T.V.!

Oh really what show? When?
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Post Number:#23  Postby MyshiningOne » April 22nd, 2007, 12:43 am

Most people believe in the very same thing you do.
It's not what you know that makes
you smart, it's knowing what you don't know.
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Post Number:#24  Postby bellybuttonmonkeypoo » May 14th, 2007, 1:44 pm

One of the most famous questions of all time and it's abouttime someone finally asked it. This answer is entirly based on what point of view you have religously, If you blieve in a god then for most the meaning of life is to follow gods plan whether you want to or not because he is the one that decides what happens to you if you live or die suceede or fail (like how I fail at spelling). The whole meaning there is to live a good life helping your fellow man, however, if you don't believe in a god then the meaning is a very scattered thing. Maybe it's all destiny and everything in our lives happens for a specific reason,or maybe our entire existance is accendentail. Maybe there is no reason maybe once we die there is nothing after it and everything we had ever done will have been done for no reason. After all our world seems like it's completely under our control but we don't rule anything in our lives. We ARE animals and we just go about life thinking we're all important when we really don't matter in the cosmic sceam. We are so small and only limted (for the moment) to one palnet in the vastness in the universe. If you think of it that way we don't have any particular meaning other than to live. Think about all that coyuld be out there. Life is very very short and no one should waste their life worring if the acomplished their "mission" on earth becuase if they live like that then you miss the whole point of living. When it comes down to it no matter what you believe there is only one meaning and that is to live.
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Post Number:#25  Postby CanisLupus » August 1st, 2007, 8:55 am

The question "What is the meaning of life?" is a general question, not a personal one. It supposes that the answer will be general too. It doesn't ask what the meaning of YOUR life is, nor what makes YOUR life meaningful, it simply wants to know what the meaning of LIFE is.

I have often wondered about this, and I have come to the tentative conclusion that it is simply to remain living. You may say that this is extremely basic, and you would be right, but I think that we as humans are geared as much toward staying alive, and keeping our race alive, as the plant you see in your garden.

Life doesn't care if we are happy, or even comfortable, as long as it remains living. The individual does not matter, the species does.

Having come to this conclusion, my question has changed. I have realized that I have already fulfilled my basic function, since I have procreated and I am rearing my young, but that I would LIKE to be happy as well. I have realized that life doesn't care, but that I do. I do not believe there is a higher spiritual aim in life. I do not believe that we as a human race are moving towards some kind of spiritual destination.

Whatever you do outside your basic function of staying alive, is gravy. If an asteroid strikes today and wipes life off three quarters of the earth, you will not care what color your car was. You will care where your next morsel of food will come from.

We are basically animals with the potential to create our own little world in our minds and realise it in our lives. This changes nothing about our basic nature.

The meaning of life does not concern me anymore. The reality of the world I live in does.

Now I am wondering how one finds out what would make you happy. I am sure the 'what' would be different for everyone, it is the 'how' that may be the same though. Any ideas?
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Post Number:#26  Postby slam32 » August 7th, 2007, 2:55 am

In my opinion, life is just a very natural thing. It is one part of the world.World is composed by all the living things include human beings and other dinfferent things.The purpose is just to achieve our own value.We are human beings.What we can do is to leave something in the world.
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Post Number:#27  Postby Lao Tzu » August 11th, 2007, 6:14 pm

most simpily the meaning of life is to survive, as a individual and a species and you have to reproduce to stay alive as a species. So survival and reproduction are at least some of the main meaning in life
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Post Number:#28  Postby pjkeeley » August 12th, 2007, 2:58 am

Lao Tzu wrote:most simpily the meaning of life is to survive, as a individual and a species and you have to reproduce to stay alive as a species. So survival and reproduction are at least some of the main meaning in life

This makes no sense. You are saying that the purpose of living is to live? A valid reason to do X can't be X, that's begging the question.
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Post Number:#29  Postby Lao Tzu » August 12th, 2007, 10:51 am

No I'm not saying the meaning of life is to live. I'm saying that the meaning of life is to continue existence individually and as a species. The meaninng of life isn't to live but to continue it as long as you can.
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Post Number:#30  Postby mayumeeh » August 12th, 2007, 7:35 pm

Meaning of life, for me, is to experience its beauty as well as its bitterness it has to give, and not giving up to whatever bad may come to you.
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