A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. – Bruce Lee
Haven’t been sleeping well for awhile now. The dreams get worse and more consuming. I wish there was someone I could turn to who understood what I’m going through, but everyone I met has no clue. Its interesting the first time, then I become annoying “hence the obsession” I wish I could go back and take it all back, then again I don’t. If I hasn’t gone through this I’d still be that simple stupid Naive little blonde with no real concept of life or the world. I would take it back from all the troubles its causing, but I don’t feel as though I regret having gone through it. Obviously you think of me as one to be pitied, yet I’ve come to conclude that the average person is very simple minded and for that I pity you. So willing to settle and succumb to the daily average. Unquestioning. I on the other hand question everything.
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
I suppose my thoughts have raced and become more philosophical. The meaning of life, the concept of consciousness,
What is Man?
Where did we come from?
What is reality?
Why is there something rather than nothing? – Heidegger.
How should I live? What life or ideal should I live or die for? – Kierkegaard.
Prove to me that you are not figments of my imagination. – Solipsist.
How can it be determined that my experience of consciousness is the same as anyone else’s experience of consciousness?Can the existence of a god be proven or disproven? and really What would be the point of doing either? or How about Santa Claus and his invisible sleigh and reindeer ?
purpose – something set up as an object or end to be attained
Purpose of humans…. Tricky one.
The idea of purpose pretends to the concept of having an objective to fulfill, your purpose of existence would be to attain that objective, or to fill a role in the grander scheme of things, that is, having a continuous purpose to be.
It’s hard to squeeze the word ‘purpose’ in because of causality principles. We can’t really tell if an action taken by an individual, a community of individuals, or even the whole humanity, has been taken to attain or to move closer to attaining said objective we’re purposed to reach since that said action is just an effect of a previous cause.
Continuing on cause-and-effect, having an Ultimate Purposewould mean all actions, starting from cellular level and straight up to humanity as a whole would mean that we’re walking on an already beaten path (some religious people would call this the Divine Plan). That would entice the idea of an initial cause that somehow magically triggered an insanely long series of effects and causes that ultimately leads to attaining said purpose. That is, if our purpose to be is to attain an end.
If we were to have a let’s say ‘continuous’ purpose to be, well … What would be my own personal purpose to be ? Or yours ? Or what was your great-great-grandfather’s purpose to be ? His actions were decided by his past experiences, desires and intentions. If there was a “purpose” (apart from the universal one, to reproduce) to his existence then how did his actions fulfill this purpose ? Did they at all ? Is our individual purpose fulfilled even if we have no idea what it is ? Then, is it fulfilled by chance ?
Moving on from individuals to the whole humanity, we could be biologically programmed to have a purpose, as a whole. Though again, it is hard to push the word ‘purpose’ into the equation without adding divinity too.
Let’s take bacteria. It lived on the earth for 3 billion years before more complex organisms were formed. Was there a purpose to that ? Later on when algae formed from said bacteria, would you say that its purpose was to enrich the atmosphere with oxygen so more advanced organisms will benefit from it ? Again, a thing like a “Divine Plan” is needed. Oxygen was needed by advanced organisms so algae photosynthesized it. But algae didn’t know more advanced organisms would need oxygen, so it couldn’t have had purpose in the true sense of the word, from its own point of view, it just evolved in response to the environmental conditions.
My guess would be our purpose is, like any living thing, to reproduce.
To have another purpose than that well … then something must give you a purpose at creation. If I am a shoemaker I make shoes and I make them with the purpose to sell them or wear them. Tools have purposes. Are we tools ? If we are tools and our creator gave us purpose, the purpose must have been coded in the DNA of the first cell. For all we know tomorrow an alien race will land on Earth and say “Glork”. That would trigger a reaction in our brains, turning all of us into slaves, the day after tomorrow we’d be in the alien army fighting their wars or on their lands growing their plants.
But if the first cell appeared by accident then … The result of an accident doesn’t really have any purpose. We’re alive, we have to stay alive, we have to reproduce. Isn’t it fun being alive ?
What I find to be the strangest question right now is why is it so difficult for me to find anyone who obsesses and questions these things as much as I do. And not in the since of my father who seriously irritates me with God is the answer period theory. No I want answers or at least more questions to deliberate. To ponder not to constantly butt heads over opinion but to have a serious moment to seek after truth.
Why is this too much to ask for?