What is the purpose of life?

@cobradene (1171)
India
November 4, 2007 6:01pm CST
All of us have different paths to take and most of decide by ourselves and some of us are influenced by exterior circumstances like friends, family and also the pressure of parents. But every path has it's own unique learning which leads to the growth of the individual. But, are we all really aware of the path we have chosen? And is everybody consciously choosing a path? My question goes out to everybody who have consciously chosen a path and the ones who haven't or don't have any idea about it. What according to you is the ultimate purpose of life?
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@TravisE (445)
• United States
5 Nov 07
The purpose of life is simply to live it. Nothing more. We are here to dance the dance and witness the dance. Each piece of creation is part of the All looking back at itself and witnessing its own creative process. We are alive in order that we may be alive.
@cobradene (1171)
• India
6 Nov 07
Hi there again! Nice to see your post. Yes, we have to simply live it, and I agree. But how do we live it? Isn't it by realising the purpose hidden in it? I know you're saying, just BE. That's all. But just "being" is realising itself. :)
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@TravisE (445)
• United States
6 Nov 07
We live it by living it. What more can be said about it?
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
7 Nov 07
But how do u live it?
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@loralee (542)
• United States
7 Nov 07
For me, the meaning of life is the ongoing quest for the meaning of life. This is not a joke. I am completely serious in saying this. Science for instance is a constant search into the unknown on a mission to make it known. The same holds true for the quest for god or godhood. Like evolution, the quest is never ending. This is what brings me joy out of life. All else is secondary. I consciously make as much time for my personal quest and meaning of life as possible.
@cobradene (1171)
• India
7 Nov 07
That's a great answer. So I can see you moving on your journey. And your answer is correct. The meaning of life is a quest itself. It becomes a search for the purpose. And that's what even I've been trying to find out all these years. Just trying to see what lies beyond the horizon.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
7 Nov 07
We have a hard but fulfilling journey that most will not care to understand. My biggest problem with my quest has always been the loneliness factor that I am still working on. I try not to focus or lay credence on what others think of me and my personal journey out of fear of loneliness and rejection, yet it still hinders me from time to time.
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
7 Nov 07
I remember once what Osho said. When you are alone, you are simply lonely - and there is a tremendous difference between loneliness and aloneness. When you are lonely you are thinking of the other, you are missing the other. Loneliness is a negative state. You are feeling that it would have been better if the other was there - your friend, you wife, your mother, your beloved, your husband. It would have been good if the other was there, but the other is not. Loneliness is absence of the other. Aloneness is the presence of oneself. Aloneness is very positive. It is a presence, overflowing presence. You are so full of presence that you can fill the whole universe with your presence and there is no need for anybody. Thank you!!
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@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
5 Nov 07
Well I think that the purpose of life is to become and grow into productive human beings. Of course theres many other things that you could consider to be the purpose of life like getting married and raising a child or more then becoming grand parents is a lot of people's idea of life and to thats what it means to me as well. I just guess it all depends who you are.
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
20 Nov 07
Hi Cobradene,How are you , where are you.......:)) wow that blue glittering star is beautiful, now that was a quick promotion. Congratulations. Now about the purpose of life. To tell you the truth, I got matured only after 40 even to understand that life should have a purpose.I think I just lived and accepted life as it came to me, just like flowers that grows in forest, even when nobody cares for them.Now after I look at what I have got in store, I see only one purpose, and that seems to be - welfare of my children, to see my children properly educated, employed, married ,well settled and always healthy. I want to stand by them when ever they need me. More than this I don't see anything else. I think when I should have lived for myself, I had no brains. Now that I got brains, it is too late and my purpose for life now is fully connected to my children, atleast till they need me.......:))
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
24 Nov 07
That's very true. Even before we realise it, we see half of our life pass away in a whisker. I know the commitments which follow family life and it's a hard and challenging task. But apart from these daily life duties, if you still want to ponder over the purpose for which we are born, am sure many answers will follow. But, I really like your answer. Yea, it was a quick promotion. :) Thanks.
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
24 Nov 07
Hi friend, nice to see u back. Thanks for liking my reply. Yes you got promoted and I got demoted...lol...actually, mylot is right in rating me, I was away from mylot for last 2 weeks and it will happen again and again as I am always very busy from 1st to 15th of every month, anyway I don't mind colours of star, I am happy I have friends like you....have a great day.
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@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
5 Nov 07
I think the purpose of life is to have experiences and share them with others. Some people choose to share by being married and having children, some people choose to have a large group of friends, and others choose to have just a couple of people in their lives that they are close with. No matter what choice is made, I think that living is all about what we experience. If we did nothing but sit on the couch and stare at the wall I wouldn't see much purpose in that. However, by going out and meeting new people and doing something different we have new thoughts, new sights, etc. I don't think many people consciously choose a path. I know I don't. I have never been good at the "where will you be in 5 years" question. I never know where life is going to take me. I have found that if I try to force a direction something will always throw me off course, and that is upsetting to me. So I kind of go with the flow. Of course, that doesn't mean I sit back and do nothing, but I am flexible with the direction of my life.
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
5 Nov 07
Seems like you are just on your way to finding a path already. Going with the flow is the right term. Many of us don't do that, and when we expect things to happen which our ego desires, and when they don't, yes, we do fall off course. I totally agree with you on that. :) But ultimately, there are some hidden meanings and some purposes that leave us with out answers. Yea, some can take the attitude, who's bothered and some really ponder over it. :)
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• United States
5 Nov 07
One of these days I'll find those hidden meanings. For now I'll just plod along enjoying my family. :)
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
11 Nov 07
Hi cobradene, You have asked an age old question, one which the great minds of all generations have pondered. I have spent a lifetime looking at the various paths, and contemplating the meaning of life. From my present understanding, the ultimate purpose of life is to discover who we are. I believe we do this by going within where we can just "be". Since the answer lies within, perhaps we should say that we have to "remember" who we are. A great discussion my friend. Blessings.
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• Australia
10 Nov 07
Well, often I've been concerned about my role in the universe, and attempted to understand what I'm here for. At times I feel the purpose of human beings is either to love, reach out or connect with others, and to explore whatever it is we personally love and share that. I find to do so brings the most satisfaction. So essentially, I suppose I believe finding and exploring satisfaction and passion in whatever form it takes is one valid purpose for life. Another purpose I believe in comes from this 'forest' metaphor. In a sense I've always viewed life to be a forest. One that everyone has walked through in history, and one that everyone continues to walk today. I beleive we're guided in this metaphorical 'forest' by the footprints that others have left behind for us. And that our purpose is to leave behind as many footprints as we can (whether in our creations of art or music, or in the lives of others that we influence) ... So I suppose I believe making an impression is another purpose. In conclusion I also like the Wiccan quote which states, "There are many paths to the garden. It doesn't matter which one you take, as long as you get there - " so there are certainly many paths. The above two are the ones I like to walk.
@cobradene (1171)
• India
11 Nov 07
That's really nice to know. It's so important for us to know our path otherwise, life just seems to be moving in a meaningless direction. I like your post and it's very thoughtful. Thanks a lot. I'm glad to be reading something so intense. It's very beautiful.
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@fanji008 (782)
• China
5 Nov 07
I don't think we can say there's the purpose of life. We cam e to the world,grow up and experience things. As the time passing by,we'll have different aims at different phases of life. We may wann be very excellent when we were student,then after we graduate,maybe we wanna have a good career and then a nice family. I think the most important thing in life is to be happy. You don't need to be too rich but it's important to lead a happy life. We don't need to live with certain purposes cause I don't consider that's a good state of leading a life.
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
5 Nov 07
If there wasn't a purpose for reproduction we wouldn't be here right? The purpose of reproduction is for us to exist and life to go on. But do you mean to say we are all reproducing life aimlessly without a purpose? If there isn't a purpose for at all, then we might not as not reproduce and create more life. Why do that? Isn't that a waste of time.
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@fanji008 (782)
• China
5 Nov 07
I'm not talking about reproduction but life. One should have aims in their life but maybe not too strong purposes.Sometimes life is simple,you don't need to carry the purposes all the time that you should reach it cause there's sth you can't change. But we do need to set aims at different periods of our life. That's positive and that's beneficial. So it's not that it's a waste of time for us to be there. But you need to take things easy.Life is not always about achieving things but also about losing and learning things.
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
6 Nov 07
In my opinion, I feel there is a certain difference between living with certain purposes and realising "The purpose" itself.
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• China
5 Nov 07
to be rich with my families,that is what i want to do in my life.
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@cobradene (1171)
• India
6 Nov 07
Ok, that's great for now. I would like the ask you the same question again the day you become rich with your families, if you have found the purpose of living. :) Would be nice to know your opinion then again. :-)
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@chamberd1 (240)
• United States
11 Nov 07
To be born. Most of us are strongly influenced by external influences and a minority are independant thinkers. Most people follow someoneelses list of preaproved behaviors. From those that go to church to those who listen to rap. Some level of external influence will get in, and should. No. No. To be born and join the fight.
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• United States
20 Jan 09
WOW!!! Yet another fantasic & very interesting Question! :D I think Life paths actually depend of the person, & on their Families & their Karmic Influences. Some people seem to be Old souls who already know the direction that thei are going, but for some others, like myself, the path is Much slower, & a much Longer hill to climb. If your asking me why I am actually here? For most people are not actually suppose to remember this when they do come down here for each lifetime. I can Not tell you that, but I do know that If I had to choose again, I would decide to find an alternative route, one that does Not require having to return to this Negetive, physical world. I personally do prefer living in the Dream (astral) universe. Thankyou for asking. - Sue -