August 25, 2009 12:18pm CST
I invite your answer to three of the oldest questions known to humans: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? All opinions will be respected.
• United States
31 Aug 09
Wow! Pose you are hitting some great topics lately. Not that others haven't been great. But you get what I mean. Anyways... Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? Well first off... We are mankind, we were created in the image of God to be forever with God. Why are we here? Everyone has a different.. destiny shall we say. God has a plan for everyone's life.. but whether they choose to go by that plan or not is all up to them. Where are we going? Heaven or hell? You take your pick. I'm choosing heaven which is also life. Hell is real people. We have to realize that. We have to quit acting like life is all about us1 It's not! People fight for freedom and we spit in their faces. People give their lives for freedom! And we just forget about them or bring the rest of the troops home. We substitute freedom for nothing! We let men give their lives so that everyone else can just bow to communism! Wow... talk about a rant... Excuse my long-winded self. I got a little carried away I realize.
31 Aug 09
Hi eternal_ink, You have certainly given very clear answers as to what you believe and I respect that. In the various discussions that I've posted and responded to recently, I've been told to read the Quran as it has all the answers, to read the Bible because it has all the answers and I believe that both probably do - for some people. I do agree with you that there is a plan for everyone's life, but I think that we ourselves, may have had a say in that plan. Heaven and hell as most people seem to think of it, is not something that I can believe in. One reason is I could never believe in a God who would send someone to hell for all eternity for not getting it right the first time. Both Islam and Christianity teach this and both believe they are right. What happens if we choose the wrong one, especially since neither can offer any proof? Anyway, please excuse me for being so long winded as well. You are happy and convinced of your choice and as I said before, I respect that. Blessings.
• United States
29 Aug 09
Hey Pose it's me again. :) Anyways, prepare yourself for some reading and thinking. "Who are we?" While a vague question, I'll work with it for as much as I can. The simple fact is that we are humans, equipped with five senses, and much more importantly a cognitive brain... combined this has resulted in art, literature, philosophy, education, civilization and much more. With education and growth, we have come to ask ourselves new questions and in answering those questions we end up finding new questions (like the ones you asked Pose). One answer is that we are literally a continuing generation of questioning people seeking answers. Let me take this question another way. Asking for the definition of who we are could mean something else. Are we simply organisms confined to the physical only, or is there an intangle "self"("soul"/mind)? Some may answer that we are simply creatures but others would answer that we are eternal beings or in some case part of something unique. All of this varies from person to person, but it is thought about and displayed in various facets of human society: education, social conditions, philosophy, religion, sciences. Who are we could also take an even different form that what some people expect. If there is a mind and self, the person is aware of themselves but there is no guarantee of how real other people are or even real state of the world around them. "We" could just be a figment of your imagination but somewhere in your mind you are unaware of this. If everything is real, "we" could be something else too - perhaps even carbon copies of one entity/mind or soul and individual is only a false state http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1991809.aspx "Why are we here?" Asked since the dawn of humankind and the answer is still unknown. The religious would claim that man is really the son of a deity (or more) and man has a duty to live by the claims or laws of said entity. Others would answer that humankind is an evolved lifeform meant to live and advance in their own way like any other creature - interestingly enough mankind is the only known creature with enough sentience and ability to live far differently than any other creature on the planet: (one only need look at buildings, infrastructure, creature comforts, even the computer, monitor and internet you are looking at right now). Some point to this as a greater meaning, that we are destined for more or will be part of something spectacular. The religious claim of an afterlife or eternal life through the human timeline (reincarnation). There could also be a completely different answer as to why we are here. An experiment of other entities/aliens? An afterthought of another individual or group? A penance or punishment for someone else? Might be a stretch but it may well be. There is one issue with the question of why "we" are here. Some people do not want to think in terms of "we" at all. People value individuality to varying degrees and each person has a "will" or dream that sets them apart from others. The different people ask "Why am I here?" and they answer that through pursuit of their dreams and living their lives. "Where are we going?" This can be taken many ways like the other questions. We as a people could be growing and heading to a more prosperous age. But with infinite possiblities in humans, we could equally be heading to a self made damnation (even worse when taken from a religious perspective). Another way of looking at this question is again to change the "we" involved. If we are more than just physical lifeforms, if we have a soul/mind then perhaps as individuals or a group we are heading towards the origin or source from which we came (again if that is possible). Of course there is an equal chance of our final destination being that of oblivion. There is no guarantee of an afterlife, only a possibility. Perhaps the ultimate destination is another life or point of view in this reality (or maybe even another - but that maybe for another discussion).
26 Aug 09
We are part of God's creation, we are the children God intrusted to our parents and the parents of the children intrusted to us by God. We are here to appreciate God's creation, to love God and share in speading his name and goodness. We are here to honor, love and respect our parents, our families and love and do take good care of our loved ones and the children. We are here to love our neighbors and follow God commandments. We are here to experience life and appreciate mankind. We are going to where we think we are needed to. We are going to where life demands us to go. Finally we're going to the home of our father for an everlasting life. Hey, pose my friend just a brief and random answers to your questions, hope this will do.
27 Aug 09
Hi bing, You have posted some good comments here and I appreciate you taking time to read and respond. Such thoughts can only help make for a good and enjoyable life especially to appreciate the world around us and to love others. I also like your answer that we are here to experience life and feel that we are all children of the universe or if you prefer God. Blessings.
• United States
25 Aug 09
As simple as it may seem, the bible explains the whole story behind all three questions. No other book can match the answers so perfectly. The Bible has always been the answer to all questions, and has never been disproven.
15 Sep 09
Hello Pose. It is a good question to be raised. Who are we? Why are here? Where are we going? It seems easy, but not easy to give a very satisfactory answer. Anyway, I would like to give it a try to see how you look at it. We are humans, who are great thinkers and doers. We create human civilizations in this world for people to live a better life though some disasters are also caused by us humans as well. Where to go is another thing that we need to think about. For a sustainable development of our mother nature and our society, we need to take real actions to well protect it so that our future generations can live in a better situation as always. Thank you for the discussion, Pose.