The meaning of life

Since the dawn of time, the ultimate question has been asked in a number of ways. Why do we exist? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? What is the origin of the universe? How does the world exist, and what is its origin or source of creation? Why is there something rather than nothing?

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The sims kinda makes me feel like Im God

sanchit - 2014-09-05 08:54
Anybody else felt that? Playing the video game sims? - Youtube link here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjPPjU8OARg

Players can put their virtual avatar through all sorts of live adventures and everything

Why happiness is your way out

sanchit - 2014-09-05 08:42
I was recently thinking about just the way out of all of this. Life, worries, troubles, nirvana. And since happiness is simply the opposite of sadness - and nothing more or nothing less. I began to wonder.

The following is an article from my blog, modified to fit a conversational tone required to communicate on this platform. :O

Assuming that the universe is pure violence and excessive horrors – like the great plagues, the depressions, and the tsunamis; then how exactly can you react to these phenomena?
The phenomena that are outside your scope of intelligence.

How long would you feel sad for? Days, months, or years? – What would happen after all the emotional back-n-forth, the cocooning of your own self, and the blanketing of your own mind? When would you eventually accept it and move on.

Assuming that the universe is boring. And life then becomes a drag, that lasts for days on end. You’re blocking your own happiness, and hence eventually the tiger turns its own stripes but can never forget its own roar. Happiness, in the end, is your way out of boredom.

Assuming that your world is extremely stressful, and you have problems mounting on top of mountains. Like a duck that appears calm on the top, while paddling at 20 miles n hour underneath. You’re only way out is to take it easy, and to figure out a way through. Happiness pervades everything.

Find that happiness, and you’ll fall in love with life. After that, its all going to fit in. Because you’ve found a reason to live, and a reason to find a solution to your seemingly minuscule problems. You’ll start to love life again.
Its like the jungle that can scare you with the sounds of its animals at night. But after a while, you find the patterns in the sounds and it becomes more like music.

Although, we don't really stick to being happy, do we.

My own thoughts

kalamae - 2014-09-02 04:09
I am a Biology major at a major university. I just started my senior year, so I've been in a bunch of classes. I want to believe everything that scientists say about a Big Bang and chance probabilities. I want to believe that we are all here by a chance encounter of the right elements at the right time. But I can't. I can't see how nothing can create something. And not just something, but a huge complex and incomprehensible universe.
Just thinking of the size and complexity of a single cell is almost unbelievable. Much less worlds and space we can't even see with a telescope. What caused the Big Bang? I've read that scientists think it could have been lightening? Lightening in the middle of nothing?
Think about that.. There wasn't even space in the beginning. There was nothing. Our atmosphere
allows for lighting because it has the right conditions and reactions. Where the hell did the lightening come from? Does anyone else see a problem with this theory? We know that there was a beginning because the universe is headed for death eventually. It's not timeless. Where did it start? When did it start? I'm searching for answers. This one question of the begging is the answer to what the meaning of life is.
If there is a God then the meaning of life would be to find him and praise him. If the answer is a chemical imbalanced created the earth, stars, planets, sun, etc. then I guess the answer would be to live like you want because when you die it's all over. There's nothing beyond this life. This is actually very depressing for me. What do I want to live for if there's only death in the end? I can't believe that this is all there is because people would be different if it was. I'm flaberghasted. What is the proof that there is a God though? There's documents about Jesus, but where is the hard evidence? I don't think I have enough faith to believe random chance could create all that exists.
People (who are highly evolved) can't create grass or trees or animals from nothing. How can nothing? That is too much. People that believe that have Wayy more faith than me. I think there has to be a higher power. There has to be an intelligent designer. Who is it? That's another forum.

Why We Exist - by Trace

Trace - 2014-09-02 01:34
After posting my thoughts on 'why we exist' over the past couple of years, it was pointed out to me that I had never made a clear standalone statement of that answer. Here's mine. I'd like to hear your version too.

If the universe (including us) is an accident of physics, that is the answer - We exist because of an accident and nothing more need be said.

If, like me, you believe there had to be a creator behind existence, it begs the question of why he/she/it did it. I follow no organized religion but I don't know any other term other than 'God' to use for that creator. I would ask that you drop all of your preconceptions about that word because I have no interest in debating all the flaws in religious teachings, of which there are many.

The order and design I see in the universe leads me to believe that God is a rational being who has logical thought processes like my own. That being the case, he and his reasons for making us must be knowable and understandable to us. We are, after all, the pinnacle of this creation. If you doubt that or think it is pretentious to think we are any better than an insect or a flower, you are excused now and can stop reading.

Being a created being, I assume that the emotional needs and wants that I experience are much like my creator's and because I have no reason to think he is sadistic, he would want my needs and wants filled. We are free to prioritize our wants and needs in any way we want and my personal highest need is to know why we exist. I would soon lose all joy in life if I did not at least make some headway toward knowing that. You probably would not have read this far (or even looked at this website) if you did not feel a little of that same need. Cutting to the chase - that need is universal, it is part and parcel of how we were made. You either answer that call or you don't, that too is your choice.

Not wanting to bore you with the details of my life, I will just tell you that I know what it is to be isolated and alone. While solitude can be a wonderful and necessary state to be in at times, complete solitude will cause anyone to lose the will to live. Do I need to spell out the next logical conclusion? God, too, did not wish to be alone.

That is why we exist. God wanted our company.

Ask yourself what kind of company you would want. Would you want a friend, lover, or partner who was frightened of you? One who spent time with you out of obligation or fear of making you mad? Of course not. We are most comfortable where there is mutual respect and affection and where the only reason we are together is through our individual free choice.

That is the dilemma that our creator was/is in. How do you let the people you want to have this close, intimate relationship with come to know you without being intimidated by the one who they owe their very existence to? You have no choice but to hide your existence from them and give them absolute free will and hope they d...

So What Do You Do?

Trace - 2014-08-30 01:06
What do you do to make things better when you feel down?

Isn't it a bitch when everything in your life is great and you still feel down?

Especially when you know that under these same circumstances there have been times that you felt on top of the world?

People want you to pretend (right along with them) that this is all there is. That all you can expect in life is 'enough'. A good job, friends, a spouse who loves you, a couple of kids, white picket fence and nice vacations - it ought to be enough. But is it?

Ask people these questions and they'll probably give you a diagnosis of being bipolar. I say Fuck'em. They have bought into the bullshit view of people as brains that need just the right chemical balance and everything will be OK.

Seek professional help, find the right meds, be happy with your blessed life. So many others would give anything to trade places with you so how can you be so self centered as to want more?

Again I say Fuck'em. There is more to life than 'maintaining an even strain'. Don't settle. Demand more. Don't stop looking until you find it.

Sometimes a fast ride on a motorcycle helps. Sometimes a flight above the clouds. Sometimes my favorite drug. Sometimes I go on a rant.

So what do you do?

Answer to "What is the meaning of life?"

Texsota - 2014-08-26 06:13
Life has as much meaning as mathematics or a pepperoni pizza. In other words, Life has no meaning. PURPOSE, ah, now that is a different question altogether.

My definition of spirituality

smallBang - 2014-08-22 13:42
Let's say one day BANGGGG! something incredible occures in one instant : everything related to religion and spirituality disapears and everybody forget all they know about it! Even the words related to religion disapear. No more "Buddha", "Jesus", "Mohamet" in the dictionary or in history books. There are no more sacred books either and nobody remember they even existed. There is nothing left related to religion!

Now, what happens?

Did Reality changed because of this event?
Did the Truth changed?
Did "God" changed?

Would it still be possible for an human to be truly spiritual?
Would it still be possible to reach the Ultimate state, "God" or call That as you want?


My opinion is that without those words and concepts (Jesus, the Koran, churches, heaven, etc.) everything would be the same. Except maybe there would be way less wars in this world.

Word are just words. The Truth will always stay the Truth, whatever happens.

Primary conclusions of what life is about

observing - 2014-08-17 21:27
My thoughts are currently set. The question is about how one should spend one's life. What should we make out of our lives?

Note that this is all a very simplified form of my initial lines of reasoning. I have though a while about it. They might be interesting for those who want to read about answer suggestions on a fundamental question about life.

Looking at an objective view, I find no answer. It is a question about 'what is better than the other' and you can not make such judgements objectively. It is perhaps also quite self-evident that you can not objectively find and verify an answer to this kind of question.

So it is all about a subjective judgement. Quite reasonable, it means we can only answer this question by using our own experiences, knowledge and all that.

In that case, how could one answer be more correct than another for ANOTHER person? You might have all the evidence in the world but hey, still your own experiences talking for you.

I would hence like to believe that there is no answer for everyone. Note, there is more reasoning behind it, I just didn't want to flood this post with thoughts. So, in other words, you can define any possible meaning to your life. No matter what, you are still not inherently wrong.

All in all, it means I believe life has no predefined meaning. Now, you may take a cynical approach and derive that the world could just as well end. Another possible approach (and very very more commonly preferred) is that you should seek hapiness for as many as possible. Actually, no matter what, no definition of meaning is more correct than another.

Important to point out: this kind of meaninglessness does NOT necessarily mean you should be indifferent to suffering or anything similar. That is such a common misunderstanding, so please do not misunderstand!! Instead, it means you can believe in any meanings (INCLUDING COMPASSION AND ALL THAT) and not be inherently wrong. Please, just do not misunderstand. How many people would really pick such a cynical meaning to one's life provided that your choice is completely free?

So what does this mean in real life? For me, it essentially means acceptance of everything (literally everything). No matter how good or bad, it is acceptable. However, that alone means pure indifference which makes decision-making impossible so, in addition, I create meanings to be able to make decisions.

Site "rules" have been updated

admin - 2014-08-16 13:23
I just added this to the site rules (displayed when you click on the "More info..." link in the header) :

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There are no strict rules on what content will be deleted, but here are the two main guidelines :

- External links

If you post a link to another website, without adding more content than "Go check that site if you want to know what is the meaning of life!", your post will be deleted. But if you post a link and then you explain what that site is about and why you think it is interesting, then it will probably be fine.

In other words : if we feel you're only trying to get users to go to the linked site (for whatever reason : promotion, trying to convert readers to your beliefs, etc.), that's not acceptable. If you start a discussion here and the linked site is relevant to that discussion, that's fine!

- Quotes from holy books

If your post is full of quotes from an holy book (the Bible, the Koran, The Bhagavad Gita or any other) it will probably be deleted. This site is made to discuss your opinion on the meaning of life. All beliefs and religions are welcome but you have to explain why you believe this or that. Repeatedly quoting an holy book, doesn't explain anything to those who don't share your beliefs.


I hope this will be fine for everybody contributing to the site!

Thanks,

Julien

What If You Met God?

Trace - 2014-08-11 02:28
What would you do if you met God?
You met him and there was absolutely no doubt in your mind that it was Him.
There was no question about it being a dream, a hallucination, a trick of your mind or your imagination.
It was Him and he gave you unimpeachable proof in whatever way you wanted but he gave it to you for your use only.

What would you do?
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