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  1. IOWA

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    Just curious what everyone's input is on the meaning of life. Serious meanings of life, whether you believe in heaven, hell, both, or neither, purgatory. Let's hear it.
     

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    The reason for life as it evolved is purely to procreate. Humans, monkeys, squirrels, all the same.

    Since humans have evolved consciousness they tend to look for meanings which aren't there, and try to explain stuff which is inexplicable at the time, e.g. saying God made the world, because at the time they didn't know any better.
    It's not a coincidence that every single culture (AFAIK) started off being superstitious and religious, because they simply weren't enlightened enough to use science to explain what they see.

    I'm not trolling, this is what I believe. Everyone else is welcome to their own opinion, I'll ignore them all equally.
     
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    we, as all living matter, are here to further the species...
     
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    what he said but I will put it a little more simply.

    The meaning of life is sex and procreation



    you win
     
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    Well at least some people seem to agree with me. [removed by mod]

    OMJ, is that 3 OH! 3 in your avatar?
     
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    This is one of the silliest, most misleading queries I've heard and read in my life, "What is the meaning of life?"

    Human life is but a miniscule portion of life just on this planet, let alone throughout the universe. So, "What is the meaning of human life?" would be a little less silly a question, in my opinion.

    "Life," in general terms, is all life everywhere. Each organism's "meaning" has to do with its relationship with its surroundings; it has to kill and assimilate something to survive, it has to procreate, etc.

    If conscious, as in with a thinking apparatus, it has to filter its activities through some sort of acceptance schema, such as morals and/or faith. Organisms which do that will usually define "meaning" to their life through that moral filter.

    The least silly, to me, would be, "What is the meaning of my life?" That is an individual organism seeking to live and work in concert with its organic environment. That's what works for this organism called "me," anyway. ;)
     
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    The meaning of life is to Live in the Now because that's all we have.
     
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    Ah but how about this. What makes us better than the rest of nature on the planet? In fact, as stated in the hit movie The Matrix, human beings closer resemble a virus than a mammal, going on our patterns of existence and the way we are destroying the planet.

    And ever thing acceptance of a "schema", survival, and eating are all means to an end... the ability to procreate.
     
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    There's no "meaning" or "reason" for life, it just is. By some crazy chance we are self-aware and intelligent beings and we should make every moment of it by doing whatever you want to do. you make your own reality.
    i do not believe in the traditional afterlife, nor do i think that there is an afterlife at all, but who knows and no one can answer that question.
    I think religion is the worst thing humans have thought of. it causes people to live a life according to someone Else's thoughts and ideas, it makes people look forward to an afterlife when they should be living life right now, because it's all that we know does exist. all religion should be outlawed, or at the very least they should have to pay taxes :p lol
     
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    Humans are ultimately insignificant, but humanity as a whole will never accept that.
     
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    Makes sense if you compare the timeline of the universe to our existence. But don't say it in public.

    They will think you are a sociopath and/or suicidal and lock ya up ;)
     
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    I agree with all of that.

    However I also feel that I have a chance as an individual to modify those things as best I can in my immediate area of influence.

    The success or futility of my efforts are for others to judge; I can't be bothered with that. I have stuff to do.
     
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    No meaning. Just do as you wish. Live by your own moral code.
     
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    I thought it was the worst of the Monty Python movies ... just a collection of skits with no real plot... like real life.
     
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    I think that is pretty much what everybody is doing, no matter what they say.
     
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    Very true. But a lot of people do feel there is a meaning, either from a higher power or cosmic energy.

    I myself don't believe in that, I think we are all just a product of the big bang and just happen to be self aware. Some people need that feeling of meaning others not so much.
     
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    If we're self aware and are a product of the beginnings of the universe, then the universe is self aware.
     
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    I am not going to act like I understand.

    Could you explain?
     
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    It's a philosophical thing. I don't agree with it, consciousness is just a phenomenon like any other in the universe we might find.
    A collection of cells and their paths that are more than the sum of their parts, and somehow create a functioning mind beyond that of simple instinct and behaviour from external stimuli, like that of an animal's brain.
     
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    The elements of the universe, energy and material, later atoms and molecules, were inherent in the big bang.

    Thus you and every atom you're made of were inherent in the big bang. And you are self aware.

    It is the universe being aware of itself.
     
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    Planet Earth
    Everything is made out of star stuff.

    Thus, we are just star stuff.

    How cool is that.
     

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