What is the purpose of your life?

India
February 4, 2010 9:21am CST
Why do you think you live? Or put it differently why don't you commit suicide? Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. So following Socrates line of thought if you examine your life's meaning, what do you think you'd say about it?
4 responses
@wizteen (505)
• India
4 Feb 10
if we start thinking about the purpose of life it is all crap! overall you would find that reproducing is the only purpose of life. lol i mentioned something similar to this in another post to which only one of my dear friend replied. lol but if i think about it now, i would say my purpose of life is to just live it.
• India
5 Feb 10
I am little doubtful of saying that reproducing is the only purpose of life. I think you echo what biologist Richard Dawkins said. I think when husband and wife mate they don't always have reproduction as their objective. Love has much more to do with reproduction. I also think your writing on this post has more to do with thought about reproduction. People want to become politicians, physicists, pilots, writers and various aspirations; I don't all those things are geared towards more reproduction. Don't you think so?
@wizteen (505)
• India
5 Feb 10
well yes you are right. i was just talking about the overall view, say like generalising it. if you see all other animals and relate the lives, it is more or less like what i said. but yes we are humans, we have our aspirations, we want to do something for the society ,have a status, so we consider our aspirations as the goal of our life. so socially ,our aspirations are the purpose of our life.:) and i would like to add, i never meant everything we do is geared towards reproduction. i was talking in general, considering "life" of every creature.
• India
6 Feb 10
Thanks for clarifying. For me the purpose of my life is to glorify God and enjoy Him. Within that framework my life revolves around. And this God I am talking about is Jesus Christ. I am able to very beautifully relate other aspects of my life within this framework. It makes my life meaningful. Regards, headhunter525
@Frederick42 (2020)
• Canada
7 Feb 10
The purpose of my life is to discover the ultimate truth. To put it more clearly, I want to personally experience or realize the ultimate truth.
• India
7 Feb 10
Well, that's a lofty pursuit. And I think that's very important. But as someone says the reason why open our mouth is to chew on to something, not just to leave it open forever. Similarly I think in pursuing truth it is important to keep our mind open and then shut it when it gets something to chew on. If our mind is open forever then nothing can it retain, and the purpose for which it is open will be defeated.
@vandana7 (63511)
• India
4 Feb 10
Hi headhunter! Socrates may be great man, but I am under no obligation to follow his thoughts! Honestly, I think god puts us through specific trials and tribulations, and equips us with required skills, intellect, and support, so that we can come up with some solutions that would be acceptable to one and all for that problem! Phew - that is beginning to sound like Socrates. Sorry! But I do have my set of problems, and I need to find solutions to them such that more people find my ways logical enough to follow. :)
• India
5 Feb 10
Of course, nobody is under obligation. But Socrates was considered to be a profound thinker by so many generations. And that raises some interesting questions about his thoughts. Socrates was a man who has thought through issues like this, and therefore he chose certain course of action for his life. There is one book called Can Man Live Without God? by Ravi Zacharias. It was an award winning book. There he teases out some categories in life that gives clue to a meaningful life.I found the book very good and helpful. Again one does not have to agree with him totally. But he probed human heart. For example, he talks of wonder as one category that makes human life worth living. But he points this sense of wonder to a loftier level. And this makes the book interesting. Good day!
@vjenkins86 (1478)
• United States
4 Feb 10
i've always felt that you can never really grasp how influential your life truly is. you can never tell when your presence or your words have affected someone so much that it has changed the course of their life which might lead to a chain reaction of events that might better the world. i can't remember which disney movie (or if it was a disney movie) that had a song that compared every single person to a thread of a large rug/blanket. the thread itself cannot see the complete picture but it is involved in something bigger than itself. so to answer your question, i am not sure what my life's meaning is but at the end of it I hope that i contributed positively even in the smallest way possible.
• India
5 Feb 10
I sure hope that your life contributes positive influence on the world. But Physics there is something called "butterfly effect" which says that a flapping of wings of butterfly in Amazon can contribute to thunderstorm in Delhi. I think it's true in our human life too. It's just that the effect is not possible to measure, at least as of now.