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cmi0616
11-15-2010, 04:27 AM
Are we, as humans, here for a distinct purpose? Do we each have our own purpose? It's something that's been eating at me recently. I have a theory, but it's a bit long and i'll post it later.

Vito
11-15-2010, 05:22 AM
Lately I've been thinking about this subject a lot. Thinking, reflecting, and meditating on a lifetime of challenges, struggles, and triumphs. I've come to the conclusion that my true purpose is to give rep points to everyone who posts on this thread.

KellyAssauer
11-15-2010, 05:35 AM
I do have my own distinct purpose!

-and I'm not sharing. =P

Silver King
11-15-2010, 06:42 AM
Death is the only purpose any of us will serve equally well. Everything before then merely leads up to our eventual demise. And the vast majority of us will be long forgotten within a generation, if not sooner.

On the bright side, we did live, after all, regardless of our paltry contributions to mankind, so that's saying something...

rhymegirl
11-15-2010, 06:58 AM
Lately I've been thinking about this subject a lot. Thinking, reflecting, and meditating on a lifetime of challenges, struggles, and triumphs. I've come to the conclusion that my true purpose is to give rep points to everyone who posts on this thread.

Ooh!

I'm posting on this thread.

My purpose in life is to post on this thread.

night-flyer
11-15-2010, 07:15 AM
Death is the only purpose any of us will serve equally well. Everything before then merely leads up to our eventual demise. And the vast majority of us will be long forgotten within a generation, if not sooner.

On the bright side, we did live, after all, regardless of our paltry contributions to mankind, so that's saying something...

That's kind of depressing, SK. I like. My thoughts exactly, but I hope to write billions of best sellers, that's the only chance that I have to be remembered. My kids will remember me, and grandkids, but what happens after they're gone?

I guess I could assasinate someone, or create some kind of scandal. President or inventing something is out of the question, so is movie star or finding a miracle cure for some disease.

I guess in the end, I'm doomed to be forgotten. Then again, as so many other people are, too. And ones that deserved to be remembered much more than me. It's a shame, but that's life and it goes on with or without us.

My purpose? To raise my kids to the best of my ability and prepare them for life. My mission has been accomplished, though they still seem to need me, so I'll be there for them until the end.

Ken
11-15-2010, 08:20 AM
... it seems to me that you're asking about whether each of us has their own personal fate. I don't believe so. I think each of us is fully in charge of their own destiny.

For instance, there is no decree in the Universe that says Ken will be a writer. If I do manage to become one decades down the road it'll be because I made the decision to become one and worked at becoming one. If I did not do that I would never have any chance of accomplishing that ... though in honesty I probably have little chance even with effort ;-)

Izz
11-15-2010, 09:00 AM
I wish i had my own porpoise. Oh, the fun we would have together.

DeaK
11-15-2010, 09:10 AM
As a human being I believe my purpose is procreation. Little 'uns just like me. I believe this, but I am still childless by choice at 30.

As Dea I believe my purpose is to live live live until I die.

Cliff Face
11-15-2010, 09:56 AM
To become the most famous recluse on the face of the planet and live forever.



Yes, I have plans...

Bmwhtly
11-15-2010, 01:39 PM
Our purpose as a species?

It's probably some wishy-washy nonsense about the human spirit, being nice to each other, that sort of thing.

Although I live in hope that it's something to do with eating roast beef.

Button
11-15-2010, 04:15 PM
My purpose is to leave the world in some way better than the way that I found it in.

RobJ
11-15-2010, 05:24 PM
Are we, as humans, here for a distinct purpose?
No.

JimmyB27
11-15-2010, 07:52 PM
Are we, as humans, here for a distinct purpose?
Nope.

Do we each have our own purpose?
Nope.

cmi0616
11-16-2010, 12:20 AM
There is no purpose. I think it's human nature to want to feel important or superior. Mankind, for some reason, has developed this mentality that he matters. There is, nor has there ever been, at least he assumes, a species so great as us, and therefore we matter.

I however, think man takes himself to seriously. We don't matter. There is no purpose. We live, and if we're lucky, we propagate more purposeless beings. But there really is no purpose that we are here for. And a lot of people, born into this "man is superior" way of thinking, would find this depressing. Most people have an inherent need to feel important and needed. I however, don't. It's freeing, actually.

We don't have any purpose, so we might as well enjoy ourselves. We don't have to strive for anything or become anything, unless, of course, we want to. Basically, we're here to have fun. We serve no more purpose then insects or rodents, we just last longer. Humans, in all honesty, have probably done more damage to the earth then any other species. I say we just take it all for what it's worth and celebrate our freedom to do anything or nothing at all.

cray
11-16-2010, 12:25 AM
i like chicken salad.

quickWit
11-16-2010, 12:26 AM
clearly, cray's special purpose is to be a douche.

brainstorm77
11-16-2010, 12:27 AM
Battery operated.

Mr Flibble
11-16-2010, 12:44 AM
Originally Posted by cmi0616 http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5511266#post5511266)
Are we, as humans, here for a distinct purpose?
It's like this: Here follows the 'Drunk' theory of creation.

One day, an omnipotent being we shall call the Creator, for want of a better word, was coming home from the pub, much the worse for wear. And as we all know, things seem like such a good idea at that particular time, like that kebab you always regret the next day, or stealing a policeman's hat.

So, our Creator decides in his hazy state of inebriation that what would be the most awesome and splendiferous idea would be to make a little universe. And it would grow and make planets and things would evolve and he can poke and prod and make it so every little thing has a plan and purpose and it'll be great! Like Settlers III, only without those annoying geologists shouting yippee. Woohoo! So he pours another tequila and creates the universe, only mucking up a bit when the worm from the tequila bottle falls into the mix. and Lo! Behold, it was made. And he saw it and it was good, and he put it in his sock drawer for safekeeping. And when he awoke the next day and said 'I'm never drinking again, my teeth feel like they've melted and coated my tongue and where did this policeman's hat come from?', he had forgotten about the universe he'd made.

Every now and again he pulls it out of his sock drawer, says 'What the heck is that?' and, for some unfathomable reason that is part nostalgia for an idea he can't remember, puts it back.

And that is our purpose. We are a drunken experiment both gone wrong and unremembered. We were 'A good idea at the time'. And this is why omnipotent beings should not get drunk.

KellyAssauer
11-16-2010, 01:48 AM
We don't have any purpose, so we might as well enjoy ourselves.


I hate to break it to you,
but I doubt that's going to work as pick-up line.

whacko
11-16-2010, 02:00 AM
Assuming that humans have a purpose is to assume that homo sapiens sapiens is the arch triumph of evolution/Creationism. Which we aren't. We're just a baldy sideline of monkeys. Or something.

DeaK
11-16-2010, 03:32 AM
Assuming that humans have a purpose is to assume that homo sapiens sapiens is the arch triumph of evolution/Creationism. Which we aren't. We're just a baldy sideline of monkeys. Or something.

Depends how you define the purpose. If you assume that all living things have a purpose (through my eyes that's evident all around, as all living things multiply), then it follows that humans have that same purpose. That does not mean I think humans are the be all and end all, just that we are living things too.

However, one could also assume that evolution (itself) is the purpose of life, but even that does not necessarily mean the evolutionary course is always for the better I mean, if it is basically random and then the outcome survives to multiply or not (survival of the fittest) then humans could actually be the result of a step in the wrong direction (we have just yet to be destroyed in fact, we could be the biggest evolutionary f-up ever on the planet, if we succeed in destroying all the species on earth).

There are many different types of purposes most people make up their own, and that works just fine to drive them til the end.

Silver King
11-16-2010, 06:04 AM
The only purpose we have in life, for sanity's sake, is to create elaborate illusions to give false meaning to our existence (having success, procreating, getting published, etc.) These delusions help us to cope with the realization that we mean nothing and keep us from going mad at every turn of thought that takes us beyond our carefully constructed selves.

DeaK
11-16-2010, 10:16 PM
The only purpose we have in life, for sanity's sake, is to create elaborate illusions to give false meaning to our existence (having success, procreating, getting published, etc.) These delusions help us to cope with the realization that we mean nothing and keep us from going mad at every turn of thought that takes us beyond our carefully constructed selves.

I don't see how you can lump procreation in there with success and getting published. I realize that I, personally, mean nothing to reality, or the universe in general, but it seems to me that procreation is the only constant for living things (besides death, which is the antitheses of life, not the meaning).

And why do you assume that other people would go mad at the thought that they mean nothing, if you don't?

Silver King
11-17-2010, 03:59 AM
...And why do you assume that other people would go mad at the thought that they mean nothing, if you don't?
I've already gone mad, which is the best escape possible, other than dying, and that will happen soon enough.

JimmyB27
11-17-2010, 04:19 AM
it seems to me that procreation is the only constant for living things (besides death, which is the antitheses of life, not the meaning).
I'm pretty sure I'm a living thing, and I have no intention of procreating.



I've already gone mad, which is the best escape possible, other than dying, and that will happen soon enough.
Agreed.



Mwuahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaahahahahahaahaaaaaa aaaaa!!!!!

DeaK
11-17-2010, 06:03 AM
I've already gone mad, which is the best escape possible, other than dying, and that will happen soon enough.

Alright then:Cake: in the meantime, have some cake.


I'm pretty sure I'm a living thing, and I have no intention of procreating.


Mwuahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaahahahahahaahaaaaaa aaaaa!!!!!

I have no intention of procreating either, but I have to try really hard not to, ay know? ;)

Silver King
11-17-2010, 06:36 AM
The interesting thing about discussing the purpose of our existence is that it serves no purpose other than to have us admit to finding ways to fool ourselves into thinking life has meaning after all.

cmi0616
11-18-2010, 01:17 AM
I hate to break it to you,
but I doubt that's going to work as pick-up line.

hahahaha... i never thought about it in that light, but i would probably have to agree.

Silver King
11-18-2010, 07:02 AM
I was at a park today with my grandson. He's not quite two yet, and we discussed the meaning of life as we sat on a bench facing a lake.

He pointed out some ducks nearby and said something that sounded like "birds." A man walked by with a dog, a beautiful collie with alert eyes and proud head, and the boy strained to touch the dog though we were twenty feet away. Then he looked up at the sky as a light breeze ruffled his hair.

After a time he laid his head in the crook of my arm. I stroked his hair, combing it back from his face. He yawned, and I thought he might go to sleep. He was quiet and relaxed for some moments, then raised both arms and used his fingers to pull apart a cloud that was in his line of vision. He did so slowly and brought his hands to his mouth as if he were eating cotton candy. Then he reached up for more.

I hated to tell him this, but I had to. I said, "Your mommy and daddy are going to die one day, and so will you. And your brothers and sister, and your favorite pet, too. I want you to know this now, so it won't come as a surprise later on."

He acted as if he didn't understand what I was talking about and kept pulling apart and tasting the cloud like it was the most important thing in the world to him at that moment.

We sat there for a long time, with him reaching upward, the sun showing between his fingers, while I looked out across the lake.

Xelebes
11-18-2010, 07:53 AM
The purpose of life is to be part of a geological process.

BeatrixKiddo
11-18-2010, 08:26 AM
I think about this all the time. Especially lately. I keep wondering why we're the only species on this planet that is capable of destroying the very planet we live on. Hello, people of Earth...um, duh?

I also keep wondering if the Mormons and the Scientologists (you'd be surprised at how much their "religions" have in common...my great aunt is Mormon and she was taught some "odd" stuff over her lifetime) are onto something. Is it really that silly to assume we might have been put here by aliens? I think not fellow humans!

We are the only species on the planet that doesn't "fit" the planet we live on. We live too long, breed too much, use up too many natural resources, keep wars going for thousands of years in parts of the world, etc, etc. If you (like, totally, OMG seriously dude) think about it we really serve this planet and the rest of its inhabitants no purpose at all except sending them into early extinction.

I'm thinking aliens...yep. Aliens brought us here. The big cosmic joke is on us. We simply weren't meant to be here. We're a big experiment gone awry. (I just wanted to use the word "awry" because I never remember how to spell it and wanted to look it up)

I guess that's why I'm not afraid to die. Never have been. (But that's also due to my daily overly dramatic suicidal depressive nature which I've been since an annoying overly dramatic suicidal depressive kid who wore lots of black and wrote deep poems about death to impress others)

Anyway, as much as I wonder about the human purpose on this lovely planet we seem to be polluting and overpopulating at record speed, I try not to worry about it too much because, well...you don't get an answer to that question until you, well...die.

So, live life the best you can, eat your vegetables, remember to recycle, and pray that the Scientologists (and some Mormons) aren't right about the aliens secretly sleeping in volcanoes all over the world that will awaken one day to add another level of ridiculous to this planet.
:Sun:

benbradley
11-18-2010, 09:46 AM
The purpose of life is to get as many rep points as possible.

JimmyB27
11-18-2010, 02:52 PM
I think about this all the time. Especially lately. I keep wondering why we're the only species on this planet that is capable of destroying the very planet we live on. Hello, people of Earth...um, duh?
We are not capable of destroying a whole planet. I don't think we're even capable of wiping out all life on this planet. Not even if we nuked every square centimetre of the place.



I also keep wondering if the Mormons and the Scientologists (you'd be surprised at how much their "religions" have in common...my great aunt is Mormon and she was taught some "odd" stuff over her lifetime) are onto something. Is it really that silly to assume we might have been put here by aliens? I think not fellow humans! I've long thought that Mormonism or Scientology are no sillier than any other religion. Actually, scratch that. Scientology was started by a guy who is on record as saying something like 'If you want to make a lot of money, start a religion'. But Mormonism is no sillier than any other religion, imho.



We are the only species on the planet that doesn't "fit" the planet we live on. We live too long, breed too much, use up too many natural resources, keep wars going for thousands of years in parts of the world, etc, etc. If you (like, totally, OMG seriously dude) think about it we really serve this planet and the rest of its inhabitants no purpose at all except sending them into early extinction. "There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet." ;)



So, live life the best you can, eat your vegetables, remember to recycle, and pray that the Scientologists (and some Mormons) aren't right about the aliens secretly sleeping in volcanoes all over the world that will awaken one day to add another level of ridiculous to this planet. Actually, that sounds kinda fun. :tongue

Vito
11-18-2010, 08:54 PM
I was at a park today with my grandson. He's not quite two yet, and we discussed the meaning of life as we sat on a bench facing a lake.

He pointed out some ducks nearby and said something that sounded like "birds." A man walked by with a dog, a beautiful collie with alert eyes and proud head, and the boy strained to touch the dog though we were twenty feet away. Then he looked up at the sky as a light breeze ruffled his hair.

After a time he laid his head in the crook of my arm. I stroked his hair, combing it back from his face. He yawned, and I thought he might go to sleep. He was quiet and relaxed for some moments, then raised both arms and used his fingers to pull apart a cloud that was in his line of vision. He did so slowly and brought his hands to his mouth as if he were eating cotton candy. Then he reached up for more.

I hated to tell him this, but I had to. I said, "Your mommy and daddy are going to die one day, and so will you. And your brothers and sister, and your favorite pet, too. I want you to know this now, so it won't come as a surprise later on."

He acted as if he didn't understand what I was talking about and kept pulling apart and tasting the cloud like it was the most important thing in the world to him at that moment.

We sat there for a long time, with him reaching upward, the sun showing between his fingers, while I looked out across the lake.

Beautifully written, that's for sure! Another big f***in' rep point for you, my friend. :Thumbs:

Vito
11-18-2010, 08:55 PM
The purpose of life is to get as many rep points as possible.

Yes indeed!

BeatrixKiddo
11-21-2010, 08:13 AM
We are not capable of destroying a whole planet. I don't think we're even capable of wiping out all life on this planet. Not even if we nuked every square centimetre of the place.



I think I need to clarify something. (to everyone, I promise I'm not pickin' on ya :Hug2:or trying to be condescending.)

My original post was a bit sarcastic and meant to be "tongue in cheek". When I used the word "destroy" I should have probably used the word "ruin" instead. (My thoughts come faster then my fingers and that gets me into trouble sometimes)
However, we are still "destroying" this planet in our own way. (Well, some of us are anyway. Some folks are still trying to save the planet we live on. I give them kudos since it's a hard job trying to prevent the rest of us from wiping everything else out.) And you're right, even with a nuclear war, some life, somewhere, would somehow survive.

It's funny though. I can feel so terribly jaded about the human race and then I watch a movie about the World Trade Towers (staring Nicolas Cage) and how so many fireman and policeman went into those buildings without hesitation to try and save the folks still trapped in the towers before they collapsed. The movie was the true story about two port authority cops in New York who survived after being trapped under the rubble once one of the towers came down.

Then I marvel at the Marine who felt it was his duty to search that rubble (along with another marine) until they found anyone still alive . (They were the ones who found these two cops way down underneath the rubble that night) This movie makes me remember the stories we heard on the news about all the fireman, EMTs, police, etc, who came in to dig people out even though their health was being affected by the toxic fumes they were breathing in every day leftover from the collapse. The two cops were number 18 and 19 out of the only 20 people who were pulled out still alive from the over 2000 who died once the towers came down.

(This is not meant to turn into a heated political thread since I'm bringing up 9/11. It's just my personal observance of human behavior towards others in need)

Anyway, I don't know if I believe in God or not. I'm still on the fence with that one. (Growing up with a father who was a sociopath leaves one a bit jaded overall about the human race) However, if we are a virus, it's funny how a movie like that can temporarily restore my (occasional) faith in humans and the truly amazing things we're still capable of. I just wish the "bad guys" on the planet weren't making things so much harder for the rest of us. It is hard to focus on the good when so many bad things are still happening to people all over the world.

I still believe in The Golden Rule, even though I'm not religious. Whether we humans have an overall purpose or not, that rule always seemed like a good idea to me. We sure do shine when we remember that rule. So, even though I'm a jaded wench, I try not to feel jaded all of the time, even with my history of depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

If we have to continue trudging through life as humans, we might as well make the best of it while we can, and be good to others while we can.

Anyway that's my (long winded) two cents. I'll get off the :Soapbox: now. ;)

RobJ
11-21-2010, 02:10 PM
However, we are still "destroying" this planet in our own way.
Nothing lasts forever. Not even planets.

Ken
11-21-2010, 05:42 PM
... am sorry SK but telling your grandkid that just seems wrong. Too young for such stuff. Kids really aren't able to handle such stuff as that. I know you mean the best and want to help the kid and prepare them and set them off with an advantage in life. I don't doubt that for a moment. But honestly, I don't think you did them any favors in this instance by this grim revelation. Just my opinion. What do I know though? Ain't got no kids myself let alone grandkids. Do got nephews and nieces though if that counts.

backslashbaby
11-22-2010, 03:34 AM
You know, the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about, imho.

Silver King
11-22-2010, 04:35 AM
... am sorry SK but telling your grandkid that just seems wrong. Too young for such stuff...
He's only twenty months old and didn't understand what I was talking about. That was the point of telling him now, to get it out of my system so he won't hear it again from me when he's older.

Ken
11-22-2010, 03:53 PM
He's only twenty months old and didn't understand what I was talking about. That was the point of telling him now, to get it out of my system so he won't hear it again from me when he's older.

... ah, that's much, much different. No harm done then, and a rather wise manuever.

Now if you'd said it in baby talk that'd been different:

Goo, goo, gaa, gaa ...

Then you'd be in for a proper scolding.

:-)

Vito
11-22-2010, 08:38 PM
You know, the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about, imho.
Definitely!

tiny
11-22-2010, 09:11 PM
I found my purpose later in life than I would have liked but happiness has been the result which I believe is the purpose of life.