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Whats your purpose in life?

  1. Sep 9, 2004 #1
    just wanna know...
    Whats your purpose in life?
    what governs the way u live your life?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 9, 2004 #2
    who knows? probably a different mission for each of us.

    in a general sense, i've come to believe that we are here to learn how our thoughts, emotions, ideas, expectations and actions create our reality. how we decide to learn is where we individualize our mission.

    why? who knows? but if i decided how i wanted to learn, then i must know within and of myself what is to be accomplished.

    i govern because i decided.

    olde drunk
  4. Sep 9, 2004 #3
    Im here to learn as much as possible and use it to make the rest of the world "better". I define what I mean by "better" too, (probably along the lines of getting everyone to think and behave in a productive manner, rather than destructive to society). Once again, I leave it up to my experiences and knowledge to shape what I constitute "productive".
  5. Sep 9, 2004 #4
    TV, sex, drugs, and violence in that order.
  6. Sep 9, 2004 #5
    c'mon, you KNOW it is sex, sex, sex, sex, all the other interests are because you want sex.

    TV also fills the void when not engaged in or in pursuit of sex.

    freud was right, just went a tad overboard. while it is our primary male goal, we will behave rationally when we are distracted from our quest.

    olde drunk
  7. Sep 9, 2004 #6
    A pursuit/purpose in life is to have sex and to reproduce? What if one believes their purpose is otherwise such like Newton, who may have died a virgin?

    My purpose in life is connecting the dots. You know those books with numbered dots? That's my purpose, to connect them.
  8. Sep 9, 2004 #7
    Hey, I'm working on a lawsuit against the major networks, don't spoil it for me!
  9. Sep 9, 2004 #8
    The collective purpose is something that is natural. It is written into the granite of ancient nature.

    The individual purpose is something that we may choose to choose to create. If you choose not to create this, then it is easy to fall back on the collective purpose, and noone will think you the lesser for it.
  10. Sep 9, 2004 #9
    the purpose in life is to live
    and find a reason individually to do so and feel needed
  11. Sep 10, 2004 #10
    Many of you seem to be saying that the purpose is to find a purpose. That is non-sensical. The fact that we can create a purpose doesn't mean that that is the purpose.
  12. Sep 10, 2004 #11
    then watz the purpose of living?
  13. Sep 10, 2004 #12
    'cause evil there's nothing else to do
  14. Sep 10, 2004 #13
    the reason YOU are alive is in your subconscious. generally, we are all learning to use and control our energy.

    how we go about that general purpose is subject to our freewill, within the limits of physical laws. in a very, very objective sense whatever we do assists us, there is no good or bad, right or wrong.

    personally, i think it is more fun to enjoy what i am doing and do good things. as said above, live life, your way.

    olde drunk
  15. Sep 10, 2004 #14
    The purpose of life

    From a biological standpoint it seems that the only purpose of life is to survive and reproduce.

    Over the past 5 billion years Earth has been in exitence it seems that organisms are getting more and more complex and therefore more self aware, so in addition to the two above reasons for life I also include self awareness as a purpose for life. The fact that "Evil" is in a philosophy forum inquiring such questions that he, like myself, wish to obtain greater self awareness.

    The universe is alive and thinking because WE are alive and thinking.
  16. Sep 10, 2004 #15
    Life purpose and digestive tubism

    • A perhaps shorter life lived for the spiritual values of one's group is better than a longer one lived merely as a digestive tube.
    (Raymond Cattell. A New Morality from Science. 1972. ch 5, sec 5.6.)
  17. Sep 13, 2004 #16
    To Hitssquad

    I have to agree that it is quality of life that is more valuable than quanity of life.
  18. Sep 13, 2004 #17
    I've accepted that every one has a unique purpose but driven by the same meaning. That's a good enough reason for me to seek what I want and reach my own goals.
  19. Sep 13, 2004 #18
    to adopt to the environment in order to survive, to prevent extinction? the mind ?
  20. Sep 14, 2004 #19
    Goal is a vague term. Often when we self-deceptively think that we are pursuing our individual goals only to find out sooner that such goals have multiple levels of dependency upon several other things. And then we naively think of individually owning our own goals. My own sudies inform me that a goal is only worth its while when collectivelly pursued. The best goal is that derived via collective responsibility. It's the most likely one to last! You are probably thinking of 'EPHEMRAL GOALS' which may quite rightly be associated with individuals. PERMANENT GOALS are those collectivelly pursued many times over until subsequently or finally derived at.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2004
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