What if you found out your purpose in life was meaningless?

Discussion in 'Spirituality & Sexuality & Philosophy' started by Padawanbater2, Oct 6, 2017.


    Padawanbater2 Well-Known Member

    There is no meaning to life, life just is. It exists, you exist, we exist just because. Because of the natural interactions between chemicals over time. Your life began just like it'll end, in the sea of oblivion. The chemical reactions that make up your body, mind, and consciousness will eventually cease and you won't exist, as you. What you're made of will still exist, but you won't. Wrap your head around that.

    How does that make you feel, and why?

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    New Age United

    New Age United Well-Known Member

    I am becoming more and more nihilistic in my beliefs and it is actually coming as quite a relief. It is primitive thinking that has the need and desire for purpose and meaning; all my life I was searching for the meaning of life and until a few years ago it never occurred to me that life could be absolutely meaningless. Now that I have deduced that in fact it very well may be, It is liberating, it gives me the freedom to enjoy life rather than chasing dead ends around in my mind.
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    your life is only meaningless if you let it be that way. if you feel like you've accomplished something with your time here, thats all that should matter
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    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    You have no idea of the effect I pose on the reverberation of the "Big Bang". Just wait.

    Edit: I have high hopes for the positive nature of my children and their offspring. :eyesmoke:
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    Cheesy Bo' Greesy

    Cheesy Bo' Greesy Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt call it meaningless however I also wouldnt call it as obnoxiously important as some extremely disconnected/overly egotistical individuals seem to perceive their existence as being.

    Truth is we are a tiny speck in a phenomenally vast universe. We come and then go about as quickly as a soil microbe ... In the grand scheme of things we are but an infinitesimal, split second, spark.

    So make the very best of it!

    Remember: cool is for fools but sincere knowledge, in ALL of its forms, promotes freedom.
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    Heisenberg Well-Known Member

    I agree with your premise. I don't agree with your conclusion. Those things do not indicate that life has no meaning, but rather that meaning dies with you like everything else. Meaning is just another part of your identity. In the same way that your preferences, your tastes for foods, your favorite songs, your pet peeves, are part of your identity. You've always known that those things will die when you die. If that hasn't ever bothered you, then it shouldn't bother you that meaning dies as well. Meaning is finite, but not non-existent.

    Also like your preferences, some of the stuff that means something to you is going to mean something to other people as well. If your accomplishments and actions and the way you live your life means something to you, chances are that they are always going to mean something to someone.

    3GT Well-Known Member

    I grew up atheistic thinking there was no meaning to life and it was horrible I felt cheated to be conscious of my own experience yet be told I wasn't aloud to stay for long, then you're NOTHING. I think it's just the same as how religions where used for control, now atheism/nihilism is used to create a religion of the self/capitalism.

    I believe we have nothing to do but love, experience, play or whatever we want to do with no seriousness about ourselves at all. Were the dancing loving jesters of the universe here to love :D

    Maybe I've tripped way too hard! This shit is way more than just some random nihilistic bullshit haha take a look around!
    New Age United

    New Age United Well-Known Member

    And what exactly should I be looking for? Can you explain to me how you are able to see meaning? I mean can you actually see it in the visual sense? I am looking around; I see beauty everywhere I look but no meaning whatsoever. Does meaning not require thought? Can't I construct and apply whatever meaning I like to something, anything, and therefore is it not just a figment of my imagination?
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    some things in life are bad
    They can really make you mad
    Other things just make you swear and curse
    When you're chewing on life's gristle
    Don't grumble, give a whistle
    And this'll help things turn out for the best

    And always look on the bright side of life
    Always look on the light side of life

    If life seems jolly rotten
    There's something you've forgotten
    And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing
    When you're feeling in the dumps
    Don't be silly chumps
    Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing

    why does there have to be meaning to life? isn't the joy you get out of it enough to give it meaning? maybe the point to life is just trying to get it right....
    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    doesn't that guy ^ look familiar? handsome bugger

    3GT Well-Known Member

    That's the problem with science being the new religion..

    We need a new religion! Its called Human.
    Everything, stair at dirt for all it matters "god" is everywhere/all. I can see meaning in experiencing anything. You can definitely assign meaning to anything you like and that will be true to your experience, not that you can't be deceived! Hell only exists in our minds and we create it, becausd were taught to not see meaning in everything from the second were born and language is used to trap our soul deep in our subconscious.
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    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member

    biologically speaking, the meaning and purpose of and in life is...

    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member

    what strain are you growing?
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    3GT Well-Known Member

    The trippy one mang.
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    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member

    b+ on the comeback, but however, not yet golden teacher status...

    maybe a case of penis envy...
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    3GT Well-Known Member

    Woot that's so meaningful to me :)
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    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    Well, fuck.
    cat of curiosity

    cat of curiosity Well-Known Member


    fornication under the consent of the king
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