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Living Simple: Why Are We Here?

Updated on August 9, 2012
Seven billion people on Earth.  Why are they here?
Seven billion people on Earth. Why are they here? | Source
What is my purpose in life?
What is my purpose in life? | Source

How’s that for a topic? Let’s just push away all of the b.s. and discuss what is the very reason for our existence. No sense beating around the bush this morning; let’s get right down to it, shall we?

Before we begin, let me mention that this article does not pre-suppose the existence of God, so the approximately 15% of you out there who are atheists can continue reading. I believe that we all have a purpose, one that can be defined whether you believe in God or not, and that purpose is determined by us.

I will attempt to answer this question based on my belief system which of course is based on the sum total of my experiences during this sixty-three year journey. I do not claim to be correct nor am I trying to force-feed you some placebo for the soul. I am simply tossing the question out there, giving you my thoughts and then moving on

Join me under the Tree of Thought today; the grass is luscious and a vibrant green; the wind is gently blowing the warm wind and the leaves are rustling. It’s a lovely day for friends to join in thoughtful discussion. I even have some lemonade for you to quench your thirst as we tackle this weighty issue.

Are you comfortable? Good, then, shall we begin?

WHAT IS PURPOSE?

For the sake of this discussion we will say that the reason we are here can be called our purpose. So what is purpose? Scanning the dictionaries we are given the definition of purpose: the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.

This definition does not pre-suppose a grand design of existence; it does not depend on the Creation Theory that we were plopped down on this planet by some Creator for His purpose. It simply says that all of us must have a purpose for existence; otherwise we are left with the belief that we are simply stumbling through life without aim, without goals and without direction and that is a rather depressing thought. The thought of seven billion people roaming aimlessly does not fill me with peace of mind. I prefer to believe that all of us have a purpose in life, that we are all trying to attain some goal.

So what is our purpose?

ARE THERE SEVEN BILLION PURPOSES?

Certainly we must be able to narrow the scope a bit. There are those who will tell you that their purpose in life is to provide for their family. There are those who will tell you that their purpose is to attain a lofty standing in society and there are those who believe that they are guided by a desire to help others.

As hard as it may seem to believe there are even those whose sole purpose is hedonistic in nature, self-satisfaction to the extreme, the constant search for personal pleasure.

We have people in all walks of life, from teachers to doctors, lawyers to common laborers; we have parents and criminals, alcoholics and healers, all going about their day taking steps to achieve their goals and attain their purpose. There are many who have pondered this very question, wondering what it all means, what is their role in the bigger picture, and there are those who simply give no thought to such matters, living their lives for the moment and not weighed down by reflections they consider to be a waste of time.

BUT THERE HAS TO BE A PURPOSE, DOESN’T THERE?

Without purpose what is there? Without some commitment to a higher calling we are left with a species that has evolved in intelligence but not in humanness and to this writer that is a frightening thought.

I was reading the other day about Gary Ridgeway, aka the Green River Killer. During his killing spree in the 80’s and 90’s Mr. Ridgeway killed upwards of seventy women and quite possibly more in the Seattle area. If one were to interview this man I wonder what he would say is his purpose in life. I wonder what he would say if asked why he is here on Earth. Has that question ever entered his mind? Has that question ever entered the minds of those who conducted exercises of ethnic cleansing? Has that question ever been considered by those who would do anything for self-gratification?

Would they say that they are here simply to kill or to derive as much sensual gratification as possible? Can there really be human beings so shallow in character that they think of nothing else but their own gains, their own stimulation and their own self-fulfillment no matter the cost to others?

THE HIGHER CALLING

Try to imagine a world with seven billion people, each with separate purposes, each roaming the planet segregated from each other because of their own mutually exclusive reasons for existence. No grand purpose, no higher calling, no consideration of the bigger picture; can you imagine it? Perhaps it is quite easy to imagine. One need only turn on the television or read the newspaper to see the natural outcome of life without a higher calling. Murders, rapes, wars, assaults, all speak to an ever-increasing number of people who quite obviously have given no thought to why we are here. Greed, destruction of the environment, abandonment, lack of humility and compassion, how can these be the purpose of life?

What is it that separates us from the other creatures with whom we share this planet? Is it just intelligence or is it intelligence in conjunction with feelings? In order for this mad, mad world to make sense there must be a higher calling. There must be a statement of purpose that includes compassion and empathy for others. Finally, there must be the greatest of all, namely love!

Without compassion, empathy and love there is no hope in this lifetime. Our greatest attribute is not our ability to use tools nor is it our ability to reach the moon and beyond. Our defining characteristic as humans is our ability to love and act on that love. To be guided by any other purpose than love is to revert back to the times when we crawled out of a cave and beat each other over the head with clubs.

SO, WHY ARE WE HERE?

Stated in the simplest way possible we are here to love. Nothing else has any meaning! If our actions are guided by anything other than love we have not evolved as a species. We all speak in glowing terms of men and women like Gandhi and we turn away in horror when the names Hitler or Bundy are mentioned and yet…..do our daily actions reflect our stated beliefs? Are we walking the talk or just flapping our jaws spouting that which makes us sound good?

We do not live in a vacuum! We are not on our own private island, surrounded by barbed wire, free to do and say what we please with no concern for others. We are each a single unit of the collective seven billion and as such we have to find a way to live together and the only way that can happen is through compassion, empathy and love.

We can no longer blithely ignore the hungry and the suffering. We can no longer turn our heads with indifference when injustice occurs. We have a responsibility to each other to find a collective purpose based on common understanding. We have a responsibility to ourselves to find a higher purpose.

To do anything else is to be less than what we should be. To do anything else is to be less than…..human.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

For related articles see:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Love-The-Word-The-Meaning

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-The-Meaning-of-Integrity

For my book on Lifestyle Choices, now available on Kindle, see:

http://www.amazon.com/Lifestyle-Choices-ebook/dp/B007ZV9G2U/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336064586&sr=1-3

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Purpose, without referring to my Christian views, is ethics. What is happiness? To live life to the fullest and yet contribute tohe happiness of others. I enjoyed your thoughts on this one and you do present a good platform for others to build upon. We must strive to understand this and to help others to live well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, you are quick this morning and so right on in your views. Thank you my friend. I hope you are ready for a wonderful summer. Wishing you happiness and peace this weekend.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      The Universe feeds us, and we feed the universe back. ..The food is Love.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Terrific thoughts that kept us wondering William. There is a reason for you and me to be here... right at this minute. Our vision, memories, beliefs mingle together to make up this one person out of the other 7 billion... and counting! Thanks for sharing Billybuc.

      LORD

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love indeed is the food, Mark! Thank you for stopping by my friend and I'm wishing you peace of mind this weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, you are a person who speaks my language and for that I appreciate you...thank you and have a wonderful, love-filled weekend.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very interesting Hub that is certainly hard to bring down to a basic level. However that may be, though, I do agree with Teaches that it is ethics. One possible consideration would be to make the best out of the life that is offered to you; another consideration would be defend your kin with the life threatens you with, so on and so forth. Billybuc, would you agree that, perhaps, we can find a number of basic ethics behind what different people to consider "their purpose"? If there is such, is there any research upon it? Certainly understanding the basics of purpose will help life as a whole.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I enjoyed reading your great hub. This is an excellent topic. Voted UP and all.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Beautifully written hub, Billy. This is a question I have thought about for many years. A friend of my Dad's once told me to remember that every single thing we say or do is permanent and affects everything else. That makes all of us related, and it makes all of us related to mother earth as well. If we follow your thoughts, we prosper. If we don't, we ruin everything. Looking at the way things are in today's world, I'd say we're not doing a very good job of it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KD, we are in hazy territory when we speak of ethics because they are based as much on our culture as on any other determining factor and as such lend themselves to different interpretations. Only love stands as a constant for all. Thank you for taking the time to read and for your thoughtful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Unknown; after a lifetime of chasing my tail looking for answers it turns out the most important answer was right in front of me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, I would agree that we appear to be botching things up a bit. I love what your dad's friend said. So very true! Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hey BillyBoy! The duck's here.. dancing on your keys! What you say is right, we have to step up to the plate - get so many things straightened out and help the hungry and homeless where ever we are, wherever they are! Thanks Bill!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A very refreshing hub; makes you stop and reflect on things without being preaching. Nicely done. I wish I could be profound like so many of your worldly and esteemed peers, but I'm just a simple Alaskan girl that enjoys reading your hubs and exploring the doors to other places that they open. :o)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Candie, quack, quack! Thank you for visiting my Little Shop of Thoughts once again. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I doubt seriously if there is anything "simple" about you! I have found you to have great depth and a terrific sense of humor (hell, you find me funny so that's a huge indication)...thank you my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Thanks Bill! Come up and visit me! It's a good day for a picnic! That's our purpose today!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol, thank you my soggy friend! :) Hey, aren't you supposed to be soaking up the gorgeous sights at Mt. Rainer?! :) I was expecting a photo essay of yours and Bev's trip. :)

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I think a lack of purpose and selfish traits often turn out to be factors in cases of crimes and other negative happenings in our society. The problem is many of the people who are set in these ways will not open their mind to changing and some become angry or violent at the prospect of changing. I enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Candie, I'm not sure I could handle all the laughter! I just might take you up on that offer someday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, we are leaving in an hour. You'll have to find me on Facebook for those pictures this evening...friend me at Bill Holland if you want to see them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, I agree with your comment. Some people are quite comfortable in their selfishness and self-inflicted misery. Thank you for stopping by.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      I think that the purpose of our existence is to live to the fullest in a best possible way that will contribute towards our own personal satisfaction and fulfilment, at the same time nourishing and touching the lives of others, those we care about and love, as well as respecting the simplest principles of mother nature, that being an ability to act in accordance with our highest ideals and reaching out to make the world a better place. If everyone lived their life to their best abilities with emphasis on spreading love, happiness and respect for one another, than our world would be a paradise. Lovely hub Bill, take care :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, it's impossible for me to add more to what you have written...you have pretty much summed it all up beautifully! Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      Yes, love, that's it, and in doing so glorifying Him (at least for me!) Thanks billybuc,(I am so thrilled you came to that conclusion!) Let's keep spreading that love around, because what else is there to do that is more important? Not a thing. In His always, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are right on! Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love. Beautiful hub! Thank you for the wonderful time spent pondering under the tree and the lemonade :) Voted way up!!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I agree with you 100%. If everyone on earth just learnt love the world would be a much better place. Love yourself. Love your family and friends. Love your plants and nature. Love animals. Love life. Surely, this can't be so hard. I read 'Conversations with God' a few weeks ago. That book has changed a lot about the way I see things and made me think a lot about what my purpose in life is. We aren't here to simply exist - we are here to make things better, and become better ourselves. Thanks for the great hub - I loved it :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      There are questions and then there are QUESTIONS! Jeesh!

      All I can do is repeat to you what I was told when I was about 10 years old.

      My Dad told me that my sister wished for a baby sister on her 4th birthday as she blew out the candles.

      And, so that's why I'm here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Love your choice of song, Bill! I believe we have all been given a gift; something we do better than anyone else. It is that which we are meant to share in order to bring people together so we may live in peace and love. Our life experiences should help strengthen our gifts, if we are willing to see and not judge, complain or make excuses. All of our gifts were given in love and I think if we expound on those gifts and share with our fellow man, we indeed will "try to love one another right now"!

      Can't wait to check out your photos. I've never been to Mt. Ranier.

      You and Bev enjoy your weekend, my friend. A break well deserved, to be sure!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your comment that we are here to love is a simple yet true statement. Sending positivity your way my friend.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      What a powerful hub this is Bill. I'm in a customer service related field; and, I'm also an amateur philologist. I can tell an individual's attitude, more on how he/she sounds than on what they are actually saying. You're so correct in saying that people waste their time in trivial things and ultimately forgot the real important things in life.

      Voted up and useful

      John

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      kate12402 5 years ago from Storrs, CT

      I agree with what you said about ethics being dependent upon culture. As an anthropology major, I'm continuing to learn that culture defines so much of who we are that it is very difficult to see what brings us together. But you are right, love does seem to be one thing that all humanity has in common.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Billybuc! All I can say is thank you. Thank you.

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Billy

      I am sure we are all born for a purpose; I just still haven't found mine. I'll keep looking though. I do very much believe that there is a life after this one and we have many lessons in this life we are supposed to learn. I deeply believe that what you don't learn in this life will in some way effect the life after. You have to learn to love yourself first before you can love others. If you live your life treating others as you wish to be treated; that is a form of love. If you can find peace in your soul and do your best to live life with compassion, empathy and love...that is what you will find in the next life. If you live your life filled with hate, selfishness and greed as well as other negative emotions...that is what you will then find in the next life. I believe there is a master creator, God, who did create everything. This life is just a short blip in the timeline until we move on but it does have a direct relevance as to life after death.

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      Larry Okeke 5 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

      When i first saw this hub, i thought it would tow the stomach-boiling orthodox line of How god put us here to do good and be shipped off to heaven, or do bad and be roasted forever in hell... Courtsey of the same loving God.

      But now, having read this, i must say it made me use my thinking cap once again which was becoming dusty (thanks to the fundamentalists around)

      wonderful hub, pa! The best i've read all week. Voted up and interesting and wait... I think i'll start following you too

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      Levertis Steele 5 years ago from Southern Clime

      Oh, I like the way you tackled this subject--a common sense approach. I like the simplicity of this article. It does not make a person feel that he/she has to go through an act of congress to find his/her purpose in life. It was straight and to the point, and, most of all, anyone should be able to appreciate it without hangups and conflicts about beliefs, religion, etc. Clever.

      "Our greatest attribute is not our ability to use tools nor is it our ability to reach the moon and beyond. Our defining characteristic as humans is our ability to love and act on that love. To be guided by any other purpose than love is to revert back to the times when we crawled out of a cave and beat each other over the head with clubs."

      This is powerful. When I think about all of the violence in this world, people beating "each other over the head with clubs," I know that the problem is the lack of love.

      A few years ago I read THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE by Rick Warren. It gave me very satisfying answers to questions I had about my purpose. Many times we think that our purpose entails some dramatic description of a special duty that we have not yet discovered. We may learn that we are already fulfilliing our purpose(s), although sometimes our wheels need a little more oil.

      Thanks for sharing such a masterpiece. I will share, too. I voted up, interesting, useful, and awesome. It should be ranked among the best of hubs.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Interesting hub. This is a question I have been asking since the age of 5 and I still don't have the answer. Although love is something that humanity has in common but so is hate and jealously common features of humanity.

      Thanks for sharing your views.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A very thought provoking hub Bill. We all have our core belief system, but no matter what that is, we must believe that we are here to help one another..Thank you for sharing..Cheers

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an excellent hub! I am a firm believer that we are all born with a purpose and the drive to fullfill a purpose, but sadly, not everyone takes the initiative to aspire to their own. I don't think we are here as a biological accident and the human mind is not equipped to understand our design and purpose. Great thoughts here!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Nice written hub. You have great philosophy about life and I truly believe that we have a purpose, why we are here. Thanks for writing on this subject. Enjoyed. Voted up!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc, I LOVE this hub, you made some excellent points, then tied it all together with one word: LOVE. You are SO right...We are here to Love. Love DOES make the world go round, and I truly believe LOVE can overcome evil. I Corinthians 13: "Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is LOVE." Voted up, useful and beautiful. THANK YOU from one of your biggest fans, blessings, Sparklea :)

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      redlight923 5 years ago

      purpose is to experience everything inbetween living and death. emotion feeling etc. do what you enjoy!! feel even pain anger vengence!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Purpose? I have NO IDEA what in the freaking world my purpose is. Sometimes I think it's to dance and smell the flowers...but then I get pollen up my nose and proceed to have an allergic attack. Then I go for a long bike ride...but then I'll hit a tree. I've tried that teaching thing, and I got eaten alive. Then I wish I could live 900 years because there are SO MANY cool things in this life to try. I want to try storytelling and painting murals and create beautiful gardens and organize peace rallies and earth day rallies and I want to get better at playing guitar and travel and meditating and writing and making a difference and living life to the fullest. On the one hand, I suppose I'm supposed to fit it all in 100 years. But then I think I need to focus. How in the world do you focus when there are so MANY cool things to do in this life? And to say nothing of "purpose". Hehhe. I guess I'll just keep singing, laughing and dancing and trying out whatever and hopefully my "purpose" will sound in my ears like a dolphin in the sound. Your hubs always make my mind go crazy with wonderful thoughts...that's why I like reading them so much. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maddam, it was my pleasure. Thank you for joining me underneath the shade of the tree.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, I'm so happy you liked the hub and I completely agree with you of course. Why is it so hard to love? Well, it isn't for this boy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that explains everything! You have a wonderful way of capturing the essence of a discussion in shorthand. :)

      Had a great time at the mountain today; wishing you a dandy of a weekend in NY.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the photos are up and ready for you. Thank you dear friend and enjoy your Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, I'll take all the positivity that you want to send. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I believe that with all my heart. People get so weighed down with the mundane that they can't see the important things that are right in front of them. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kate, that ethics things is a tricky one indeed. To borrow from a country song, "only love remains." Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dexter, it pleases me greatly when someone enjoys my hub. That's why I write, to make that connection with others. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, I'm just a simple man. I know that we can't go wrong with love and I'm going to share as much of it as I possibly can during my remaining years and then we'll see what happens after that.

      Thank you so much for following and leaving such a meaningful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, you won't see me going all orthodox on you....not anytime soon...or ever as a matter of fact. I greatly appreciate your kind words and thank you for following along.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Levertis, your words are humbling and I have a hard time taking praise like this...thank you so much. I try hard not to preach but I worry that sometimes it will sound like I am...all I'm doing is making observations based on six decades of living....it warms my heart that others can find something in my words that make sense to them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Editor, thank you so much! I simply want people to think about all the possibilities that are out there...unlimited in number...and stop restraining themselves.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I completely agree! Unless we get out of ourselves and help others we are simply living a life of ego. Thank you for being so faithful in your following.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, your words about not everyone taking the initiative to aspire to a purpose...that was the reason for this hub! I am worn out by the hedonistic, I don't care attitude of so many...we have to care!

      As always, you are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Urmilashukla, thank you so much; I have no doubt that you are striving for a higher calling and that warms my heart.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sparklea, yes you are one of my biggest fans and that makes me very happy. One of my favorite books was "Siddhartha"...if you have never read it you might like it...same answer at the end of the book....LOVE!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Redlight, interesting..."do what you enjoy"! Well my friend, thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      KE Morgan 5 years ago from Arizona

      Isn't it amazing that of the two quantifiable and measurable emotions by EEG (love and fear)- that love has the more powerful wavelength? Thanks for the positive message!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well said Bill! It is all about peaceful coexistence. Nothing more, since it encompasses a range of socially acceptable thinking and behaviour and nothing less will do if have to distinguish ourselves from our cavesman mentality when might was right.

      Any other purpose I'm not aware of neither has anyone been able to satisfy my curiosity about this question. Till we find an answer, can't we all live a life of caring and sharing?

      Voted all the way up and across.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      This hub is very interesting. There must be a reason to why everything happens in life. I have noticed that my experiences in life guide me to help people and be kind to everyone around me. I haven't chosen what to do in life. It seems like many things have chosen me instead. What I have learned so far is that if you give love, you get much more in return. Maybe that's the purpose for me - to help people, which gives me satisfaction in life. Thank you for writing this hub. Nobody could have done it better than you, Bill.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Living a life justified by greed, self gratification and power does not make a whole lot of sense, and yet this is exactly what is promoted world wide through the media and advertising for one reason only - becasue there is money to be made!! I am with you 100% Bill, there has to be more to our lives' purpose. I love your words here and for me your answer is the only one. Our friend Curaid sums this up prefectly in his comment above - "The food is Love". Awesome and very relevant hub. Thank you for writing this. My votes and best wishes to you from Annie.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you hit a home run with this one. Couldn't agree with you more. We ALL need purpose in our lives. If there were more love and compassion in this world it would be a better place for everyone. It certainly is a mad, mad world out there. Great job, voting up, sharing,etc....

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      wowsite1234 5 years ago from Moncks Corner, SC

      Very inspiring! I often wonder what the purpose of life is and I always find a solution when I look at my family.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Cyndi, I don't want you going crazy because of my hubs. If you are like me you can do that all by yourself. :) Thank you my dear! I think sometimes our purpose changes over time; you are a teacher...soon to be something else...but the core of who you are does not change. Loving, caring...those attributes will eventually form your true purpose.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Diamond, it was my pleasure. Thank you for YOUR positive message!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you beautifully summed life up. Thank you my friend for leaving such a meaningful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, is there a finer purpose in life than to help others with love? If there is I can't imagine what it would be. Thank you my dear and Happy Mother's Day to my favorite Finnish mother.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, you are so sweet and genuine and of course that is why I like you so much. I like real people who have a grasp on what is important in life. Thank you dear friend; have a peaceful day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bdegiulio, thank you Sir! Love, compassion and empathy....those are the basics and everything else is window-dressing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wowsite, I love that answer! Thank you for visiting on this Sunday morning.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Thank you Bill. I have had a good Mother's Day. The sun is shining and the grass is getting greener. Enjoy your Sunday! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Made! The sun is shining here as well and life is good!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      We think a lot alike Billybuc. I agree that at the end of the day, our real purpose is to love and help one another. No matter what you believe in or don't believe in, this is a good way to live. Vote up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, I came to that realization about four months ago. You and I have walked the talk for quite some time now. Thank you as always.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      I have enjoyed this article, all encouraging and thoughtful words.

      I like to believe that my pupose in life each day is to add to the enjoyment and assistance of others in which ever form that requires.

      Have a nice and purposeful day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LadyLyell! I wish you peace and happiness in the coming days and thank you for your kind words.

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      Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Great hub Bill :) Mind-boggling indeed that reinstated the main Purpose of Life, and that is LOVE. Love which was the main reason God created Heaven and Earth, Man and Woman. It was love shared why we are brought to this life by our parents, and how we brought into this world our own children and the next generations to come to add up to over 7 Billion of us human and still counting. And anything that we do or anyone that does in contrast thus fail in bringing justice to the purpose of the gift of LIFE that we have been blessed. Thanks for sharing. xx

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angela, that was beautifully stated. You are a woman who appreciates love. Thank you for this wonderful comment.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I like that, Bill. Loving and caring and perhaps letting life show you its purpose FOR you. I need to sit back, laugh, dance and eat tacos. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, the world needs more like you who are willing to laugh, dance and eat tacos. :)

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Beautifully written and thought provoking. I would say our purpose is to love and be loved, and to improve another's experience while on earth.

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      Ashish Jain 5 years ago from New Delhi

      This is a wonderful and a very meaningful question. For many years I had been wondering what is the purpose of my birth,

      Is it just education , play , love , hate , or is is just about making a family , raising the kids or is it just about making money. In real terms I always wanted to know whats the real purpose of my birth. And today I feel happy to share with all of you that

      I know exactly Why I am born. Infact not only me , but now I know why any human being is born and the answer to this question is very well explained in Jainism which says that the ultimate goal of a soul is salvation / Liberation from the worldly attachments.

      We are born as a human being so that we can work on the purification of our soul which is the only way of liberation from the transmigratory cycle of birth and death.

      The karma theory explains very well the effect of our emotions on our soul and and our future.

      Although its extremely difficult for everyone to attain salvation but we can make effort for the purifcation of our soul to the maximum possible extent. This theory of purification is very explained in a subject "Gunasthanak" in Jainism . It is a 14 steps ladder which takes a soul to the highest level of purity. These 14 steps are 14 stages of soul's elevation.

      One useful source of info i know is http://jainsquare.com/2011/05/25/14-level-of-gunas...

      I am sure it will be an eyeopener for many.

      The author has mentioned that according to him the the purpose of our birth is Love , but that is also an emotion , which apparently feels goods , but in actual it increases our attachment which never lets us get free from the bondage.

      I have expressed my own belief and if someone doesn't agree with my belief , he can ignore my view :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, you and I are in total agreement. What else is there but love? Thank you for stopping by and leaving a meaningful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indianbizman, thank you for so clearly stating your view. I'm sure many will find it interesting and informative.

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      Ashish Jain 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Billy I have seen your profile. You are having a great knowledge and I am sure you will find theory I have mentioned in my comment very useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Indianbizman!

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      mrs rao 5 years ago

      Hello...Interesting point you have come up with. Enjoyed reading it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mrs. Rao, thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful message, Mr. Bill.

      Seriously, you don't look a year older than 55 and you say you have spent 63 years on this planet? wow!

      Being humane is our prime duty and should be our purpose in life. Now, how we define being humane is dependent on each individual...cheers!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, that was a lovely thing for you to say! I'll take that compliment any old day. I agree, we have to define humane for each person; hopefully that definition includes love.

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      Jhudah 5 years ago

      i agree. Our purpose is to love and to be there for each other. There are many kinds of love and the only true and real is the kind of Love with no selfishness attached to it.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Sir William.( that's what I can call you.. nothing else is coming to mind).. What a great article this is about life and purpose.

      Your thoughts radiate sparks and vibrations which set the mind of mere readers like me thinking and questioning our existence... in all moral, material and abstract references...

      Thank you so much for this masterpiece

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jhudah, you are correct, unconditional love is the only way to go. Thank you for your wise words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are much too kind but your words fill me with happiness. Thank you! That is why I write, to reach my readers on a deep level. Thank you very much.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Wow what a topic!!!??? Nice thoughts too.. Love others... Always stay in warm touch. From the farthest by knowing each other. Great. Useful hub...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anusujith, I agree completely. Love is always the answer!

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      cmumm86 5 years ago from San Diego

      This is a really insightful topic, because it talks about something that everyone knows but never talks about. We all know this truth deep down, but we tend to forget it, either because we want to, or simply in the business of each day. But you bring us back into perspective, whether we believe in the totality of God's love as the over-arching purpose for His design, or not.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cmumm! It is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. We need more love; put away the differences and look for the commonalities in each of us. We all love and we need more of it!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Billy, very interesting discussion on very purpose or motive, I believe never fixed any motive or purpose for his best creation, I feel of you want to enjoy his creation divide your life into small small sections, keep enjoying every bit of it, make your day, by enjoying every moment, it could be cooking, gardening, meeting, playing etc, etc, and ultimately you shall emerge as a true winner of a satisfied life. somehow your topic make my day, thanks

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Girishpuri, I am happy if I made your day. Thank you for the thoughtful comment.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i agree with you Bill absolutely that the our purpose here is to Love...to remove love in our life is like removing our soul in our body, desolate, aimless...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raci, you stated it much better than I did in this hub! Be well my dear friend and thank you!

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