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What do you think is the point of your existence?

Asked by throwaccount (147points) April 16th, 2016
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ragingloli's avatar

To crush my enemies.
To see them driven before me.
And to hear the lamentations of their women.

CWOTUS's avatar

I don’t need one. I AM.

Coloma's avatar

There is no point in existence, we simply are, as @CWOTUS says, I AM.
By luck of the DNA and reproductive draw we were born human, we are just an organism, a life form, no better or worse or more or less worthy or special than a Walnut Tree or a Walrus. We create our own purpose but their is no point of existing other than to exist.

cazzie's avatar

I had the odd fortune to procreate. I have to keep myself going for my kiddo. I’d be hard pressed to find a reason to carry on, otherwise.

syz's avatar

The reason for existence for all living things is reproduction. I have chosen to throw off the yoke of biological imperative, therefore I must have reason to exist.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“Can’t you see.

All life’s luxuries.

Are here for you and me…”

-Depeche Mode.

Lavish indulgence is the point of existence for modern humans.

Procreation was the point in the past. We are no longer at risk of extinction by attrition.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The point is to simply contemplate its futility.

chinchin31's avatar

To make the world a better place by doing something meaningful with your life.

From a biblical perspective, this world is not our home. WE are put here because we are paying for our ancestors disobeying God blah blah blah.

Our aim is to try to get back to the Garden of Eden through making the world a better place and acknowledging God in our lives. Something like this.

Yes life is a punishment but at the same time it is a reward because we are taught that once we die if we live a good life we will be granted eternal happiness and an eternal life by God.

We are told that heaven will consists of only the good things in this life and even more. Just think of an eternal life full of only happiness and no evil people or things.

Yes life can be meaningless, but we can add meaning to it by believing in God and the afterlife and justice.

To be honest if i was not religious in some way I could understand why people take their life. IF you do not try to see the spiritual side of life and see this as all there is it is very easy to give up on life. Because life is crappy most of the time. YOu have to work. You have to deal with rude people everyday. You have to deal with your own parents dissapointing you etc. There is more heartache than joy in this life. Also the uncertainty of life makes us all anxious.

YOu just have to make the best of it and believe that there will be an eternal life after this full of only happiness if you live a good life.

This is the only thing that keeps me going.

Think of it. If there was no after life YES life would have no meaning and we could all just kill ourselves and finish it to just escape life. But it is the belief that there is an afterlife that keeps us going.

ragingloli's avatar

It is the belief in an afterlife that devalues life.
Why care about this life when a better one awaits after your death?
Where do you think the phrase “Kill them all and let god sort them out” comes from?
Why do you think suicide bombers exist?
They do not care about life, because they think eternal happiness awaits after death.

When this life is all you will ever have, that is what makes it valuable.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@chinchin31 lucky are those who believe in that afterlife. For those of us who don’t it’s simply a permanent lights out situation. We all know it’s a waste but I guess comfort comes in helping others get through their shit while we get helped through ours.

chinchin31's avatar

I don’t know that phrase.

WE are not suppose to kill anyone. Suicide bombers are not of God they are of the devil. They fool you into thinking they are of God . So i don’t know what youa re thinking

Coloma's avatar

Edit” There”, not their. gah!

ragingloli's avatar

“Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius”. (Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.)
– uttered by Arnaud Amalric, personal representative of Pope Innocent III

Coloma's avatar

@chinchin31 Not everyone believes in an after life. I do not. I believe we strive to survive just like all life forms and there is no magic kingdom waiting after this spin is over.

NerdyKeith's avatar

To embrace the human experience amd enjoy life.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t think there is any. I don’t choose to see people, anyone, in terms of purpose (i.e., a teleological view). I may peel vegetables, but I’m not a vegetable peeler.

That doesn’t mean we can’t set goals and strive to achieve them. It just means that we aren’t purpose-serving entities.

The remark about killing them all dates from the early 13th century and pertains to the Albigensian Crusade, intended to eliminate heretics. This was at the beginning of the Inquisition, which was about heresy, not witchcraft. Asked how the troops were supposed to distinguish the heretics from the true Catholics, because of course they all looked pretty much alike and could be members of the same village and even family, this is what the Pope’s representative is supposed to have said.

ucme's avatar

To hire, fire & sire, not always mutually exclusive

CWOTUS's avatar

@Jeruba it’s also a sort of unofficial motto of the USMC, only in English: _Kill ‘em all; let God sort ‘em out.__

flutherother's avatar

The word ‘point’ is the clue, it means everything being reduced to one infinitely narrow thing. Existence doesn’t have a point, it is much more wonderful than that.

Stinley's avatar

@chinchin31@ragingloli makes a good point but it doesn’t need to be a non-religious point. This is the only chance you get to live this life, no matter what you think might be waiting for you after this life is over. Make the most of it.

Coloma's avatar

@Stinley Exactly. If one lives for some uncertain afterlife they miss their one true life now.

kritiper's avatar

The reason I am? Dad got horny one night and Mom was a good Catholic.

Mariah's avatar

To enjoy it. And to try and help others enjoy it.

trolltoll's avatar

To be an asshole on the internet.

j/k. My existence doesn’t have a purpose.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

To entertain.

fluthernutter's avatar

Many philosophers and great thinkers of our time have deeply contemplated this.

While his beginnings may be humble and his philosophy more personal than academic, I’d like to quote Glenn Rhee

You honor the dead by going on. Even when you’re scared. You live because they don’t get to.

GSLeader's avatar

To lead kids in attempt to help make their existence matter more.

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