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Do you feel that you have a purpose in life?

  1. calynbana profile image82
    calynbanaposted 5 years ago

    Do you feel that you have a purpose in life?

  2. Jaggedfrost profile image80
    Jaggedfrostposted 5 years ago

    In this is my answer, that I live for love.  I live for the love of those in the past, present and future, who have need of me.  I especially live for those that time have forgotten that they too may rest one day. read more

  3. ThompsonPen profile image79
    ThompsonPenposted 5 years ago

    Aleister Crowley speaks of finding the Will in life. This is not just the motivation which drives us forward, but the true Will, which is the passion, which is our soul purpose for existing. It isn't the wanting to do something, it is the necessity. In order for life to be fulfilling, one must find this true Will.
    Each person has a different one, unique unto themselves. Each person must work toward their Will. I had two that I thought were mine, which were fine. One of them was writing. To make sure I was doing both, I combined them, doing my one option, then writing about it. I found that by doing so, I couldn't wait to get to the writing portion, and I didn't even want to write about the other one because it took away from my time to write. That was how I knew that my Will is to write.
    Crowley and his initiates would often say "Do what thou Will shall be the whole of the law." the expected reply was "Love is the Law, Love under Will." The Law of the Universe is to do thy Will. The second section is a well-wishing, may Love be your Will.

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Anyone who quotes Aleister Crowley (a man who called himself "the Beast" and tatooed 666 on his forehead) and adopts his satanic philosophy/lifestyle is on the highway to hell. I hope, for your sake, you can break free and find life through Christ.

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      An AYMposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Did he ever actually harm anyone, CJ?

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Aleister Crowley was a known pedafile and made a living by leading people astray. He was a hater of God and lived to serve himself and his wicked desires. So, yes, he hurt many people foolish enough to follow his wicked ways.

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      An AYMposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You know I don't know much about him, so I looked him up, and I can't find anything that seems credible saying for certain he was or wasn't a pedophile. I poke the issue because from my perspective he appears demonized for being Anti-Christian.

    5. SidKemp profile image95
      SidKempposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      While the pedophilia is uncertain, Crowley was a self-confessed adulterer, a sado-masochist, and someone with strong elements of loathing, self-hatred, and drug abuse in his mind and life. Clearly, a self-harmful and harmful person. (see Wikipedia)

    6. Disappearinghead profile image77
      Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      @ CJ. That depends on whether you take Mr. Crowley seriously or consider him a sad old queen who took himself too seriously.

    7. ThompsonPen profile image79
      ThompsonPenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What he did in his personal life is none of my concern. The message is a good one, and I appreciate his teachings.

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      LifeAbundanceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Mr. Crowley, I'm sure made the most of his time while here. Many people like to pass judgement, but know nothing about the meaning of life.. Crowley did many weird things and many followed him. These people could have chosen not to... Live let live.

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    I Love this quote by Bishop T.D. Jakes "If you can't figure out your purpose in life, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like that, but I wonder if some people get too caught up in the passions that they lose their purpose, or sense of self.

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      An AYMposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was previously completely wrapped up in my passion.  When turbulent coincidences of life temporarily took that away from me I had something of a crisis of identity and self (To which I found resolution through meditation).

      I like the quote though!

  5. ReneeDC1979 profile image61
    ReneeDC1979posted 5 years ago

    I feel my purpose is writing and I currently working in that will.  I just pray what I am writing and my vision and mission with my writing is what God wants.

  6. atechwiz profile image73
    atechwizposted 5 years ago

    I believe that everyone has a purpose in life.  They just have to find it.  Sometimes people allow money to steer them away from their true purpose in life.  Everyone has something to contribute.

  7. Disappearinghead profile image77
    Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago

    Not particularly. I just happen to be here in this life in this moment. And whilst I'm here I just try to make the best of it: looking after family; finding things to do that entertain me; and of course ranting on Hubpages forums.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Does that depress you in any way? Or are you satisfied?

    2. Disappearinghead profile image77
      Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      A little. No I'm not satisfied.

  8. Diana Lee profile image83
    Diana Leeposted 5 years ago

    God makes no mistakes. Every being has a purpose.  It is just that sometimes it takes awhile to discover what our real purpose is.  I'm not yet sure if I have found mine yet, but I know I have one. It could be my great great grandchild will invent a gadget to save the world or my own existence could be here to inspire someone somehow or some way.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What if you never know your purpose, but you still serve it, would that bother you?

  9. ChitrangadaSharan profile image55
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 5 years ago

    Life has no meaning. if it has no purpose.
    Every morning, when I get up, I have things going in my mind--I have to do this, I have to do that. And I try to accomplish most of the things planned for the day. Sometimes, 24 hours seem to be not enough---.
    But here I suppose, you are referring to the larger purpose. Yes, I have that too always in my mind---the list goes on.
    The day when we start thinking, that there is no purpose, may mean the end of life itself. Even when I would have fulfilled my responsibilities as a daughter, wife, mother etc. I would still think, what have I done for the society, for the country. May be I will join some social service organisation.  May be I will never retire and always have something to do, some purpose in life, till I live.

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      LifeAbundanceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      This is profound and deeply insightful.
      I too have struggled in my life with this problem. So little time, so much to do! However, always remember, this is your personal journey. You can CHOOSE whatever path to take. No need to take on the world.

  10. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    My purpose is to wake up and to help others do the same, if they're interested.

    On several occasions, this lifetime, I have wrestled with my immortal slumber. Once, I found myself seeing without human eyes, suddenly free of the darkness of ego. That was the real me, awake for the first time in eons, but it only lasted a few moments. When I became "self-conscious" -- that light was passing right through "me," then I pulled the shell of ego over me and could no longer see without physical methods.

    I have felt the love of God on numerous occasions, and usually it accompanied a miracle -- when ego was completely subdued and asking became effortless and crystal clear. The results were always instantaneous.

    Waking up is the death of ego. Waking up is the everlasting life of which Christ spoke. I've only spent 62 years in this body, but I remember so much more. I'm tired of the darkness.

    1. Globetrekkermel profile image77
      Globetrekkermelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You could have not said it any better than that ,LONE. I have been lost too but now I am found.( to re-quote it) and I have been saved by  amazing grace. Life is wonderful, isn't it! enjoy Cebu!

  11. Mash 99 profile image47
    Mash 99posted 5 years ago

    The purpose of life is very clear to me as stated in Holy Qur'an. "[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed - and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving." So the basic responsibility of human being is to worship the God. Now what is that worship, it's not only to pray God (any way it's necessary to pray the God as per given directions) but to serve the human being as per your best capacity. Seeking knowledge, doing charity, searching the truth, implementing the justice within your domain all leads to the best rewards for you in your life after death which shall be infinite in length.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In reading the Qur'an I see no point in being good. Allah decides what to do with us regardless of how good we are. He is also described as perfectly just, but in order for him to be perfectly just we all need to go to hell. It is what we deserve.

    2. Mash 99 profile image47
      Mash 99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are wrong here and your comments are just biased to Islam. "Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord, they will be dwellers of Paradise to dwell therein forever." Surah Hud 11: Ayah 23

    3. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Surah 16:93, and Surah 74:31b

    4. Disappearinghead profile image77
      Disappearingheadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Doesn't sound like Allah wanted us to have any joy, fun, or laughter in life.

    5. Mash 99 profile image47
      Mash 99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      16:93 >>If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: But He leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall certainly be called to account for all your actions.

    6. SidKemp profile image95
      SidKempposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      One can be a joyful Muslim. Joy is in "seeking knowledge, doing charity, searching for the truth." I know because, though I'm not of the Muslim faith, I do all these and find joy in them. Heaven's joy is felt now by those who follow it's ways.

    7. Mash 99 profile image47
      Mash 99posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      yes SidKemp, you are right and there are many Muslims all around the world who enjoys their life with the greatest of satisfaction of doing the good deeds.

    8. SidKemp profile image95
      SidKempposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      And let's not forget art and music in the Islamic world. The act of creating such mosaics and sacred music must be joyful, too.

    9. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Is that what the purpose of life is then? To enjoy it?

    10. SidKemp profile image95
      SidKempposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, Calynbana, that's not what I meant. i was answering Disappearinghead about joy in Islam. My thoughts about life purpose are above. Joy, I think, is a sign that we are fulfilling our purpose(s), but is not the purpose itself.

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sid...I do not believe that joy is found by seeking the truth, when so many find it pleasurable running from it. Many seek truth, but never find it, because they are looking for it in the wrong place or do not recognize it when they see it.

  12. padmendra profile image47
    padmendraposted 5 years ago

    Every person has a purpose and is born with the same.A man without a person would find himself no where and would not have a peace from within.Only living life for the sake because we cannot end it is not for which we are in this world of God.
    spent your life for the good of the others.If you cannot add to the beauty or benefit to others ,we should also become the cause to destroy or ugly it.

    I believe that my life is a God's wish and anything that is towards the benefit of God and the society would be preferred by me.I always wish to do something that would make me feel good and will add to my character and will bring beauty to my life in a sense that when I look in my surrounding I feel proud that may be just a pinch but atleast I have added to the good in the world for others and led my life to do something for the good and happiness of others.

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds like you have given this issue some serious thought, and I think you are on the path of a purposeful journey. :0)

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    CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years ago

    My purpose in life is like all others...and that is to love the Almighty with all my heart, soul, and mind, while finding meaningful ways to serve Him and my neighbors. Now, whether or not I have a special purpose beyond the norm, I do not know at this time.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you

  14. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 5 years ago

    Yes. Each of our lives has its purpose.

    Mine is now seeking the right way of enlightenment where I will no longer be reborn again.

    But if I do not succeed this life then it shall be in my next life.

    1. calynbana profile image82
      calynbanaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Who judges if you succeed?

    2. edhan profile image60
      edhanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No one except yourself. It is the achievement of awakening when you found the way of enlightenment.

  15. DDE profile image26
    DDEposted 5 years ago

    We all have a purpose in life my purpose is live to enjoy myself, laugh, love others and be loved. Forgive and let go. Life is to precious to bother about little things

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    An AYMposted 5 years ago

    I don't believe I have any purpose in life.  I'm just a lucky sperm.  It strikes me as funny to imagine a life having a specific cause because everything in life is such a grey area.  If there was a specific right and wrong way to be alive it would be heartbreaking to very many people.

  17. SidKemp profile image95
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    I believe that everyone has at least two purposes in life.

    One purpose, as I see it, is spiritual and is the same for all people - it is to learn to live the Love that is harmless and unconditionally beneficial to all beings, including oneself.

    The other purpose or purposes come from the Soul, and are unique to each of us. Some people may have just one. Some people may have several, either at the same time, or in sequence. The Soul's purpose is defined in three aspects: What is my Creativity? What is my Service? Whom or what do I serve? In the Soul purpose, one may be an artist, a nurse, a loving mother, father, son, or daughter, an advocate for humane treatment of animals or better stewardship of our environment.

    I believe that each of us is a gift to the world, and, living out our Soul purpose, we bring that gift to the world. Sadly, many people never find their Soul purpose. It may come into the world through them, but less joyfully, consciously and powerfully than it does when we recognize it consciously and work to make it happen.

    My own Soul purpose, as best I understand it, is to help others find and live their Soul's purpose. This has moved through three large phases. The first was exploration of the causes of human suffering, and a process of collecting solutions. The second was building an organization people could join to get support for living their Soul purpose fully. The third, which I'm just starting now in my early fifties, is to share this message through writing and art.

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      LifeAbundanceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You my friend, are an inspiration to me. This is also my perspective on life as well.

    2. Any Other Voice profile image61
      Any Other Voiceposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ditto! My first purpose in life is to serve my God, and my second one is speaking up for those without a voice.

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    LifeAbundanceposted 5 years ago

    Yes. Though many seek the explanation of their purpose outside themselves, true purpose comes from within. Purpose can be anything from raising your child to be the best they can be, to helping thousands of helpless people in other parts of the world. To each his own, but all it takes is helping one other person, to change THEIR world and that is all it takes.

  19. Globetrekkermel profile image77
    Globetrekkermelposted 5 years ago

    Very much so. I have a strong sense of being helpful and generous in anyway I can.I believe I was called for on that purpose and that is what I do now. All the time ,in my conscious hours, these words are always hovering in my mind"HOW MAY I SERVE?" like a clock always ticking and nudging me to do more.On the instances that I was able to help someone in anyway,I really get a kick out of it and the experience of helping reverberates into my being and encourages me to extend help a little bit more.The experience of helping and being generous exhilarates me.LOL! It is my high in life...

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      CJ Sledgehammerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What a wonderful neighbor and friend you must be!!! :0)

    2. Globetrekkermel profile image77
      Globetrekkermelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      thank you sledge, I try my best .

  20. Civil War Bob profile image60
    Civil War Bobposted 5 years ago

    Absolutely...I was born in 1951 just so I could hang around to answer your question on Hubpages here on this day in history!!
    Oh, yeah, and to "glorify God and enjoy Him forever" as the Westminster Catechism says!! wink

  21. Klavdija Frahm profile image73
    Klavdija Frahmposted 5 years ago

    My purpose is to be happy and make others happy. Be a good girlfriend (wife later), daughter, friend, worker, housewife, owner of my dog... It's vicious circle....if I make people I love happy, that makes me happy...people (and animals) is what matters. Money means nothing if you're alone and miserable.

  22. CrescentSkies profile image86
    CrescentSkiesposted 5 years ago

    Going by my avatar mine would involve massacring members of PETA for being responsible for the deaths of more kittens than any other organization.

 
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