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If life has no 'meaning' or 'purpose' is it still worth living?


I'm an atheist and I know that friends of mine who are people of faith frequently don't understand how I can consider life worth living if it is temporary and organic, rather than eternal and divine in origin. But I wonder what others think? I'm NOT wanting to start another debate between religious and non religious folks - I am wanting to find out how different people, particularly those without a religious belief - make life worth living.

 

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Hi M.T. Dreamer. Well, yup, I'm with you on all of that! I don't want to get into a god debate here but I do think the 'divine purpose' concept actually subtracts from the significance of life - god's little game - rather than adds anything to it.

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Hi, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think that many people see the purpose of life as the pursuit of happiness - whatever form that may take for them - isn't that the American Dream?

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Herbal tobacco? LOL Thanks for your cosmic perspective. I remain convinced both of my atheism and my humanity, however! :)


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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Thanks mathira. There's wisdom and truth in that. I agree totally. Thank you for sharing your ideas so clearly. :)

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Thank you. Whatever else it may be, it is certainly a richly thoughtful and fascinating answer which gives insights into just what we think we mean when we talk about ideas of meaning and purpose and how we ascribe worth to our lives. I like the idea

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Thanks for your perspective. I'm sure there are many people who think exactly this way. Your definition of the highly evolved and self-actualized person doesn't include an ethic of care towards others. Just ego fulfilment? It's brave to be so honest.

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    Amanda Littlejohn (stuff4kids) 3 years ago

    Hi Sandcastles. Thanks for that sharing. Yes, I think that our involvement in life as biological organisms - the fact that we are genetically one with all other living things - in itself gives a duty of responsibility which is meaningful. :)