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Purpose in Life
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RE: Purpose in Life
(March 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm)snowtracks Wrote: Knowing that you are not related to the chimp. Homo sapien sapiens have the foramen magnum in the center of the skull. No fossils have been presented to show a slow progression from the back of the skull. Therefore intentionality, hence God. Since Darwin, they have been looking for the progenitor that produced the Neantherthal and Modern Human who split off from it but never seem to find those fossils for that either. Now you know you weren't randomized. So, no foramen magnum positioning established, and no progenitor found should help with your purpose quest.
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Really?  The best reason you have for living is believing you aren't related to chimpanzees?
If there is a god, I want to believe that there is a god.  If there is not a god, I want to believe that there is no god.
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#22
RE: Purpose in Life
What is the purpose of life?  Like any animal we have a drive to survive but unlike most we know we won't forever.  Fortunately we have an enormous lifespan compared to most.  As we're always saying, we make our own meaning.  Leastwise we have to sign off on it, don't we?

Myself, I've always tried to embrace the absurdity of life, to resist taking myself too seriously.  I reject the notion that there is any duty to serve the mother ship of humanity.  Hey, our species is doing okay.  Doesn't mean there isn't any satisfaction to be found in serving others; that was a big part of the satisfaction in teaching.  It does inject a satisfying purpose to the day to day.  Now I don't have that but I don't feel empty or rudderless because of that.  Now my job is to read books that stretch me and eat & exercise to maintain a body that is sporty to move around in, and my joy is caring for my wife, dogs and garden. 

I know you've been building your career and abode.  You have also been working your aesthetic side.  Are you unable to do those things still or does it feel like there should be something more important/urgent to do?  I'm just flailing around now.  Wish I had something to say that would help.  Actually I have a recommendation for a book.  Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity.  If you'd ever like to Skype, it would be an honor.
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#23
RE: Purpose in Life




Why the fuck was this speech not included in his proper four studio albums? I mean that bit about exploring space and feeding the hungry and clothing the naked with all the money we cut from defense spending  was  on Dangerous, but the rest of it just needed to be on one of the proper albums. It's just the best way to try and go through life. It's certainly more touching than my "life is a joke and its punchline is 'THE ARISTORCRATS!'" is, anyway.
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#24
RE: Purpose in Life
(March 7, 2018 at 12:20 am)Jenny A Wrote:
(March 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm)snowtracks Wrote: Knowing that you are not related to the chimp. Homo sapien sapiens have the foramen magnum in the center of the skull. No fossils have been presented to show a slow progression from the back of the skull. Therefore intentionality, hence God. Since Darwin, they have been looking for the progenitor that produced the Neantherthal and Modern Human who split off from it but never seem to find those fossils for that either. Now you know you weren't randomized. So, no foramen magnum positioning established, and no progenitor found should help with your purpose quest.
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Really?  The best reason you have for living is believing you aren't related to chimpanzees?

Didn't say anything about 'me' nor the best reason.
Atheist Credo: An universe by chance which also just happened to admit the observer by chance.
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#25
RE: Purpose in Life
My main purpose is to try to make the world a better place, to help vulnerable people and animals where I can, and to lead with an example I'd want others to follow in the future. Whatever small things I can do, I try to do.

I find concentrating on being there for others extremely motivating, especially as I stopped caring about living for myself a long time ago.

(March 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm)snowtracks Wrote: Knowing that you are not related to the chimp. Homo sapien sapiens have the foramen magnum in the center of the skull. No fossils have been presented to show a slow progression from the back of the skull. Therefore intentionality, hence God. Since Darwin, they have been looking for the progenitor that produced the Neantherthal and Modern Human who split off from it but never seem to find those fossils for that either. Now you know you weren't randomized. So, no foramen magnum positioning established, and no progenitor found should help with your purpose quest.
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Shame on you for preaching your religious garbage to someone who is vulnerable and asking for help. Vulture.
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#26
RE: Purpose in Life
Quote:Didn't say anything about 'me' nor the best reason.
no you said a great deal of nothing thou.
Seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy -- myself.

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#27
RE: Purpose in Life
My purpose: To be here for my kids.
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#28
RE: Purpose in Life
Just go with the flow ... follow your interests ... bond with loved ones ... watch some good Netflix shows ...
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#29
RE: Purpose in Life
CM, give yourself some time. You're still going thru something tragic and I'd expect you to have these feelings now. 

Have you told your MD's? Got a support group(IRL)? Considered grief counseling?

(March 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm)snowtracks Wrote: Knowing that you are not related to the chimp. Homo sapien sapiens have the foramen magnum in the center of the skull. No fossils have been presented to show a slow progression from the back of the skull. Therefore intentionality, hence God. Since Darwin, they have been looking for the progenitor that produced the Neantherthal and Modern Human who split off from it but never seem to find those fossils for that either. Now you know you weren't randomized. So, no foramen magnum positioning established, and no progenitor found should help with your purpose quest.
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Apparently your god removes empathy.
God(s) and religions are man made and the bane of humanity. 

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#30
RE: Purpose in Life
(March 7, 2018 at 1:55 am)Whateverist Wrote: Doesn't mean there isn't any satisfaction to be found in serving others; that was a big part of the satisfaction in teaching.  It does inject a satisfying purpose to the day to day.  Now I don't have that but I don't feel empty or rudderless because of that.

That's an important point. Helping others can add immensely to one's feeling of fulfillment about their life. I would highly recommend taking up some volunteer work. It is truly a life changing experience. You could volunteer to do something involving cancer patients and survivors and thus learn from other people who are going through the same type of ordeal.

I don't know, but do you go to support groups or have a therapist? Those can help, too.
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