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Can life exist under the rule of reason?

Asked by xxporkxsodaxx (1386points) April 21st, 2008

I am arguing that we need reason to live, and not just good and bad ideas, is that not true?

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Breefield's avatar

Give one (non-spiritual) reason for why we exist, and what our purpose would is.

0o_Niques_o0's avatar

I agree
This is one of my favourite quotes…
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
(or she :D)... pretty much sums it all up.

delirium's avatar

We need reasons not to kill ourselves, yes. Everyone should be living for something.

Or is this a grossly broad spiritual question?

Breefield's avatar

I see a reason to live, I just don’t see a purpose for that living. I think life is beautiful and should be preserved, but I don’t see it as something with purpose, other than bettering other lives.

paulc's avatar

Last I checked, there’s really not much else to do. That’s a good enough reason for me.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

well i should have said like selective reasoning, like what I meant was not reasons to live or reasons to do something but reasoning and i guess you could say common since. Like this quote that my friend found “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason,then all possibility of life is destroyed.”. I have kinda forgotten the exact conversation since then but she was making random points like man couldn’t have invented “goodness”, and “goodness” is an opinion that man certainly did create so I believe that in some parts she was just leading me in contradictory circles, so I guess you will have to try and back her up.

wildflower's avatar

For most of us, there was no particular reason for us being born…....and think about it, if there was, if we were born for a specific purpose, wouldn’t that seem a bit limiting?

I do think you need to set yourself goals and objectives, as Michelangelo said:“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

I suppose considering the human need for patterns and routine, a consistent reason or objective helps a lot of people feel a sense of purpose and keeps them going.

In the end, all we know is that we are – why we are is still very much open to debate.

Cogito ergo sum

[edit]: Alternatively, this may be how you see things

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