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Do you ever ponder our purpose? What are we doing on this planet? Have you ever taken a break from the rigorous, sometimes monotonous, fast moving, non-stop pace of life that keeps us plugging away and moving forward, and taken a moment to reflect on the bigger picture? We occupy ourselves with our daily tasks, pick a religion to believe in, and settle down in contentment, ignoring the questions that can’t be answered. For many of us, that’s fine, and we are able to lead happy lives, living in the moment and enjoying every turn life takes us in. Unfortunately, for some of us, that’s not enough. We want to know what the heck we’re doing here, where we came from, and what the future holds for us. In other words, if there’s any reason at all, and we like to believe there is – why do we exist?
Why Do We Exist?
There’s been many a night, following a party, where a group of us has gathered and spent hours philosophizing. It’s fun, and we often uncover new theories and explanations as to our purpose on this planet. But the next day it’s back to the grind, and we postpone our questioning and wondering until the next time we take a break from our daily tasks. The problem is, our ponderings would often be forgotten, as we wouldn’t be writing them down. That’s why we’ve written this page, in the hopes that the next time you philosophize or have a fleeting moment of insight on your own existence, you can share that thought with us.
All thoughts and ramblings are welcome! It may well be that there are no answers, but even if we don’t uncover our purpose, may we at least be entertained trying to do so.Tagged With: Existentialism
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Why are we here? That is the most important question in the world. It is a question I believe may get answered after life but I don’t know whether to believe the bible or scientific knowledge one think that does ponder in my thoughts is why we all have the stress 9 to 5 for luxuries that we do not really need apart from food drink shelter I would like to know why we stopped hunting for food built our own homes used our animal instinct that is what I would like to know why money is even existent.
These are great comments but is there any more questions to existence?
The question for me is how does anything exist? My thinking and feeling is that there should be absolute nothing, no universe, no laws of physics, just nothing because how could it start but the fact that I can think this proves me wrong.
Now that I accept that, I feel like there is probably a lot more and our immense universe is probably a tiny fraction.
Also I feel that just by thinking we change and shape our universe.
I have actually spent so many years of my life pondering my purpose on this planet. My parents never gave me a direct religious direction because they felt it should be our choice, my sibling and me.
They took us to church sometimes for Easter and other special occasions because that is where they were raised, and because of my grandparents. I cannot say that I understood anything about what church was about. I always did have an interest and care for God, and prayed randomly in my childhood while watching religious programming like the 700 Club, and at other times.
As an adult, my desire to learn about God was unquenchable, and I moved through just about every major religion only to find the truth in Christ. It just answers every question. It just is, and it is so interesting that God refers to himself as I AM. It is like you can question it all you like on an analytical level, but your soul always knows the truth, and it brings you so much joy when you stop ignoring that ‘still small voice.?
I do understand why Christianity can be hard for some people, and why they walk away from it. The walk and the choices are not always easy, but if you rely on God, He usually helps you and makes them easier in His own way.
He has a hard time helping you if you are disobedient, but if you try hard to follow Him, I have found that this brings Him joy and He does great things for you, and helps you along the way so much. If you are reading this comment, know that the Holy Spirit is leading you to do so. If you have gotten this far through a story about my random little life, then that means that the Holy Spirit is calling you to be in God’s Kingdom and you should not ignore the invitation. It is the best decision you will ever make, Beloved.
It is important to know the purpose of life.
Have you ever tried to think about what the world might look like if we could see it for what it really is and without our senses? Ignore the contradiction in my question because yes, I do realize that our senses really are the only way we can examine the world around us.
But take away eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and touch. Now you’re left with absolutely no way to even know that you exist. Our thoughts are made up of details that our senses pick up in every day life. So without your senses you would have nothing to think about. Now take away a person’s needs like food, water, and going to the bathroom. Now this person has literally nothing to think about. They wouldn’t be able to imagine anything because they have never seen, heard, touched, smelled, tasted, or required anything.
Now, if you were to step into this person’s mind there would be absolutely nothing there. They would have no knowledge of the world around them, but there is isn’t there. Now imagine going into someone else’s mind that has every way to sense the world around them as you. Do you think that things would look identical as you saw them, or would they look entirely different.
Maybe everybody sees, hears, touches, tastes, and smells things very differently than everyone else. Maybe green looks green to you, but to me it looks black, but I have learned to recognize it as green. Maybe these words look black to you but to someone else’s eyes they would look blue, they have learned to recognize it as black so there is no way of knowing that this was actually going on. As long as everybody saw a different object or color for every object or color there was, then there is no confusion. I hope with my ramblings I have inspired some new pondering for you.
We love your ramblings, thanks so much for sharing them with us 🙂 You bring up a very interesting point with the relative perspective people have of reality and how we take that for granted. You’re right – there is no way to prove that what I see as “blue” is in fact the same thing you recognize as “blue.”
I suppose the “does the tree falling in the forest make a sound if no one is there” concept is similar, taken from the sense of hearing perspective.
Pondering a bit further…examining this world of assumed reality based on a users’ point of view, the question also begs does anything exist at all independent of the viewer? If things do exist independent of anything noticing them, does that make the argument that matter stays constant, regardless of who’s viewing it? I’m pretty sure quantum physics is establishing the fact that the viewer affects the object being viewed, which would suggest that our world is relative, and that our existence here does play a role in shaping our world and the realities we experience.
Yes, I constantly ponder my purpose, usually after smoking some good bud with my buds. We don’t really get anywhere new, but we sure come up with some trippy theories. The fun of it is in the journey, since we’ll probably never reach the end… 😉
We all have a purpose and that purpose is to supply matter for energy and energy for matter. It is said that energy equals mass of matter and everything in the universe is just matter upon matter. Matter is used to produce energy which in turn produces another form of energy and matter and the cycle goes on.
Life comes from death and if we live we all must eventually die
All beings need matter/energy (food, oxygen, water, etc.) which we use/intake for energy and in turn convert/expel that energy into different forms of matter/energy and of course that differentiates from being to being (or for that matter planet, sun, star, galaxy, etc.) in how that matter/energy is converted.
If it wasn’t for the knowledge of creation/attraction in each and every atom/molecule, otherwise how would it be possible for a single atom/molecule of anything to become a person, planet, sun, star, galaxy.
Before you get “gravity” you first need to collect enough “mass of ones matter” otherwise we will all be free spirits/atoms (which wouldn’t be a bad thing). That’s why one must have the knowledge of creation/attraction to be able to re-create/attract.
Only then would one be able to build on one’s mass.
But with the misunderstanding of that knowledge, comes greed and overuse of one’s energy (power). And we all know were that leads to…