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What is the point in life if you can not pursue what you want or love?

Asked by Steve_A (5120points) February 20th, 2010

What would be the point?

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Berserker's avatar

I don’t know. So far I feel that I exist mainly to pay for things. I have no value as a human being other than being an ambulant ATM machine.

dpworkin's avatar

No! You need to see what else comes up. You don’t always know what you want or love until it shows itself. I didn’t find the human love of my life until I was 52, and I didn’t know what career I was going to finally settle into until I was 57. Now I’m in love and in college.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

In that case, there wouldn’t be a point. That said, I don’t think there truly is a point, anyway. Life just kind of is. However, want you want and love changes throughout your life – so how can you know for sure that you can’t pursue anything you love? You might get the opportunity down the road, because who knows, your tastes and desires could change.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

If you had any valid basis to conclude that you will never have the opportunity to pursue a passion of yours or to love things that you do, there there would be little point.

What makes you think you might have a valid basis to make such a conclusion?

wundayatta's avatar

Self-actualization is at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. If you’re at that stage, then sure, the point of life is pursuing your bliss.

However if, like most people in the world, you have issues with food and shelter and relationships, then the point is trying to meet those needs so you can stay alive.

It is a great luxury to be able to say there’s no point if you don’t pursue what you want or love. Sorry. Life is all we have, whether we pursue our bliss or work our asses off to fill our stomachs.

Cruiser's avatar

Good point!! Love is like a multifaceted diamond and life offers up many opportunities to find and pursue the things you love. Life would be such a waste if you did not pursue them!

Steve_A's avatar

I am not asking this question in regards to me, but rather what would you do or think is the point in life you had no goals,love,wants…..what would be left besides staying alive for the sack of saying I’m alive?

Should have added that I suppose hah, woops. :)

ETpro's avatar

The point is that life is yours to program. You are not stuck executing a program that says you must want this or you must love that ot them. If you find yourself running such a program and realize its targets are unattainable, you aren’t like a PC. You can rewrite the program. It’s a huge world out there with an even huger universe beyond and there are a bewildering array of things and non-things to want and to love.

Make a new plan, Stan.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@Steve_A There wouldn’t be a point at all, in that case.

6rant6's avatar

Chance the Gardener

lilikoi's avatar

Fluther points?

ETpro's avatar

@lilikoi Ha! Ya, there’s always that.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Then the point would be to make it a point to pursue what you want and love.

Get the point?

YARNLADY's avatar

I realized a long time ago that there is no such thing. Life doesn’t have a point, and doesn’t need one. You just make it up as you go along.

Master's avatar

Trying to figure that out myself lately.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

That’s right @YARNLADY, the meaning of life is what we make of it.

john65pennington's avatar

The point is the air that you breathe and the beauty of another day of sunshine. in life, we are not always bestowed the gifts that we think we deserve. some people only live for the physical things, like a new car each year. some people only live to continue to search for Mr. or Miss Right in their life. we came into this world with no guarantees of prosperity. the earth is just a playground and what you make of it, is up to you. the point is, we never asked to be born. but, since we are here. make the best of what the world has offered you. your dreams can be reality, if you work hard enough to make it happen. i did and so can you.

gottamakeart's avatar

A: you would still be able to exist, but not really LIVING.

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