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    What is the Meaning of Life?

    I believe the meaning of life is to experience the world in a positive way (have fun) and to share experience (make others people have fun, share your good moments with them, etc).

    Please discuss.

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    I think our existence is nihilistic.

    *puts on a combat helmet*

    Alright, ready for the wave of disagreement.

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    "We eat , we sh*#, we f!*% , we kill and we die"

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    Isn't the meaning of life, the universe, and everything 42? It's as good an answer as anything else.

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    Highly subjective question of course, but for me, the ultimate meaning of life is not for us to understand, however perhaps it will be for our descendants in the far future; so for us it is DUTY, it is children of good breeding and upbringing, heirs of superior theoretical biological potential than us and their grandparents before us, and real wealth including a healthy earth for them to inherit.

    It is to take the wealth we have been given by our ancient ancestors, add to it, and pass it on.

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    I wrote this in a previous post and I'll repeat it here. There is no inherent meaning or purpose of life; the onus is on the individual to provide meaning and purpose to his or her own life. That's how I see it.

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    "No inherent meaning or purpose of life?"

    What is the point of having living if it is meaningless.

    From a biological perspective it is reproducing, keeping the best qualities of our people alive.

    From a theological, it is to live as Jesus Christ intended, live a good and satisfying life.

    From a personal, it is to achieve said points, and try to involve oneself as an instrument of the struggle.

    Hedonism etc doesn't warrant any motivation for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VermontBlue View Post
    "No inherent meaning or purpose of life?"

    What is the point of having living if it is meaningless.

    From a biological perspective it is reproducing, keeping the best qualities of our people alive.

    From a theological, it is to live as Jesus Christ intended, live a good and satisfying life.

    From a personal, it is to achieve said points, and try to involve oneself as an instrument of the struggle.

    Hedonism etc doesn't warrant any motivation for one.
    But it also doesn't give me a reason not to end it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VermontBlue View Post
    "No inherent meaning or purpose of life?"

    What is the point of having living if it is meaningless.

    From a biological perspective it is reproducing, keeping the best qualities of our people alive.

    From a theological, it is to live as Jesus Christ intended, live a good and satisfying life.

    From a personal, it is to achieve said points, and try to involve oneself as an instrument of the struggle.

    Hedonism etc doesn't warrant any motivation for one.
    A biological imperative to reproduce etc. does not in itself provide meaning or purpose of life. How can it? Any operation of the natural world is what it is and does not of itself and by itself provide meaning or purpose in any rational way. It is simply how matters have evolved and developed. The universe is what it is and does need any human interpretation or postulating to provide it with meaning or purpose.

    As for the Christian perspective, that is purely subjective. Christianity, or religion generally, may provide you and others with meaning and purpose in life, but it fails to provide others with such beliefs and motivations. If Christianity was inherently universally natural, objective, and instinctive to human beings, we'd all be Christians and we patently are not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingvaeonic View Post
    A biological imperative to reproduce etc. does not in itself provide meaning or purpose of life. How can it? Any operation of the natural world is what it is and does not of itself and by itself provide meaning or purpose in any rational way. The universe is what it is and does need any human interpretation or postulating to provide it with meaning or purpose.

    As for the Christian perspective, that is purely subjective. Christianity, or religion generally, may provide you and others with meaning and purpose in life, but it fails to provide others with such motivations. If Christianity was inherently universally natural, objective, and instinctive to human beings, we'd all be Christians and we patently are not.
    I understand your sentiment but one has to disagree; nature is not a irrational formless chaos, it is not indifferent to those which inhabitant it, this is why only those most cunning of our forefathers, those whom mastered nature survived. There is meaning there, even if it remains seldom observed in our manufactured environments. There does exist beyond this veil a Natural Law governing this universe; for as Cicero stated Law "ought to be a reformer of vice and an incentive to virtue" and that these are given by our creator.

    As you may note, I stated not only to reproduce, but to cultivate the best characteristics; why admire qualities of a people without accepting the responsibility to preserve them?

    In regards to my statement to live as Jesus Christ did, it doesn't have to be a Christian one; historical Jesus is identified to have the same qualities which one renders good, self sacrifice, compassion, pursuit for justice, honor etc. He is perhaps the most documented individual in human kind, so I would reason that his character can inspire universally, even to those with different or no beliefs.

    Christianity is not inherently universally natural, objective, and instinctive to human beings, but neither is intelligence.

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