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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-08-07 05:01 PM
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Edited on Sun Apr-08-07 05:03 PM by LynzM
Deal with the "what's our purpose?" here kind of questions? What should we do with our lives? Lately, I've been doing a lot of that kind of self-reflection, and looking at my first-world (effective) riches and the brevity of our existence here (been reading some science stuff on a geological scale) and those kind of things, and really wondering what's the point? To life, to fighting for good things, to politics, to anything, really? I'm not as depressed as that makes me sound, I don't think, but it's still there in the back of my mind a lot, you know?

Edited to add that the more I reflect on this stuff, the more it makes me feel like, why bother following society's expectations, laws, etc.? That's kind of a weird thing, but it's associated, for me.

So, if you don't believe in god and/or heaven/reincarnation, what kind of life philosophy do you live by, and how do you address the kind of stuff I talked about above? Deep stuff for a Sunday night, but I feel the need to ask...
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  -DUers who do not believe in god/reincarnation/etc., how do you... LynzM  Apr-08-07 05:01 PM   #0 
  - "Philosophy of Humanism" by Corliss Lamont  Pacifist Patriot   Apr-08-07 05:05 PM   #1 
  - I will check that out.  LynzM   Apr-08-07 07:19 PM   #32 
  - speaking as an agnostic  kagehime   Apr-08-07 05:05 PM   #2 
  - Good Humanistic Viewpoint  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:52 PM   #15 
     - That's pretty much how I feel  mentalsolstice   Apr-08-07 06:13 PM   #21 
     - I Think That  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 06:18 PM   #22 
     - So true!  mentalsolstice   Apr-08-07 07:16 PM   #28 
     - bingo  kagehime   Apr-08-07 06:22 PM   #23 
     - those who do good only for their own benefit  kagehime   Apr-08-07 06:24 PM   #25 
        - On the other hand kagehime  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 07:56 PM   #35 
           - yes and no  kagehime   Apr-08-07 08:16 PM   #39 
              - If I'm Starving And You Feed Me  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 08:23 PM   #41 
                 - and i get yours  kagehime   Apr-08-07 08:26 PM   #43 
  - That's the kind of thing I think about quite a lot  skygazer   Apr-08-07 05:09 PM   #3 
  - I get this question alot as a deist-(borderline atheist in my case) in a Catholic school  TheFriendlyAnarchist   Apr-08-07 05:09 PM   #4 
  - Interesting...  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:47 PM   #12 
  - Why Does There Have To Be A Purpose?  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:10 PM   #5 
  - I want to believe  stuntcat   Apr-08-07 05:31 PM   #8 
     - The game is bigger now  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:43 PM   #11 
  - Self-medication.  Starbucks Anarchist   Apr-08-07 05:18 PM   #6 
  - That works...  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:49 PM   #13 
     - It hasn't quit yet.  Starbucks Anarchist   Apr-08-07 05:52 PM   #14 
        - I understand completely  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:53 PM   #16 
  - LynzM, I struggle with the same question,  crim son   Apr-08-07 05:24 PM   #7 
  - One way to look at that  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 05:59 PM   #18 
  - crim son, I think you summed it up well  LynzM   Apr-08-07 07:13 PM   #26 
  - The purpose of life is to live it. Seems kinda self evident to me.  mainegreen   Apr-08-07 05:32 PM   #9 
  - We have the freedom to create our own purpose  ZombyWoof   Apr-08-07 05:36 PM   #10 
  - Thanks, ZW  LynzM   Apr-08-07 07:15 PM   #27 
  - I hope you don't mind  hippywife   Apr-08-07 05:54 PM   #17 
  - Since I'm also  Southpawkicker   Apr-08-07 06:01 PM   #19 
  - Hippywife, thanks for sharing!  LynzM   Apr-08-07 07:18 PM   #30 
     - Thanx, LynzM!  hippywife   Apr-08-07 07:52 PM   #34 
  - I always tell people that I was put on this earth  fifthgendem   Apr-08-07 06:02 PM   #20 
  - I recently understood that I don't believe in an afterlife and that  sfexpat2000   Apr-08-07 06:22 PM   #24 
  - Scary when you get there, isn't it?  LynzM   Apr-08-07 07:19 PM   #31 
     - Yes, it was scary, is scary. Now, just trying to make peace with it.  sfexpat2000   Apr-08-07 07:26 PM   #33 
  - You find your own way  Tyo   Apr-08-07 07:18 PM   #29 
  - i believe the individual person is the sole agent of creativity and meaning in their own life.  datasuspect   Apr-08-07 08:12 PM   #36 
  - birding  XemaSab   Apr-08-07 08:16 PM   #37 
  - The Universe does not Care  YankeyMCC   Apr-08-07 08:16 PM   #38 
  - How very very Tao.  Chan790   Apr-08-07 08:33 PM   #45 
  - I deal with the harsh reality  GoPsUx   Apr-08-07 08:21 PM   #40 
  - I live by however I please, so long as it harms no other.  WritingIsMyReligion   Apr-08-07 08:23 PM   #42 
  - But how do you really know whether you are harming another?  speedoo   Apr-09-07 12:58 PM   #56 
  - my brain hurts when i start thinking bout such stuff. so i avoid it.  KG   Apr-08-07 08:31 PM   #44 
  - I don't see the problem. Do you attribute the purpose to Cap'n Crunch? To a manhole cover? I feel  qnr   Apr-08-07 08:33 PM   #46 
  - I don't think there's any inherent purpose, but one can create a purpose.  otherlander   Apr-08-07 08:41 PM   #47 
  - The point is what you make of it  sleebarker   Apr-08-07 08:53 PM   #48 
  - I don't find it to be a valid question  AchtungToddler   Apr-08-07 09:38 PM   #49 
  - i'm not sure there is a purpose at all, maybe we need to ask that because we feel compelled  chimpsrsmarter   Apr-08-07 09:42 PM   #50 
  - My purpose is to learn  Oeditpus Rex   Apr-08-07 10:43 PM   #51 
  - what does God have to do with my purpose or goals in my life???  LSK   Apr-09-07 10:27 AM   #52 
  - totally an athiest  dropkickpa   Apr-09-07 10:46 AM   #53 
  - I don't believe we have a "purpose" any more than a tree or a dog has a purpose  unpossibles   Apr-09-07 11:32 AM   #54 
  - life is too short to worry about all of that  mark414   Apr-09-07 11:36 AM   #55 

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