The human civilization has been on earth for thousands of years now. We started off with simple tools and used caves as shelter. Now, we depend on computers, enjoy a luxurious life, and develop new ways to improve our lives even more. I always wonder if we finally reached the final stage of improvement in our history, or if there is still more to come. I mean, what else can we do? When I think about that question, the idea of the meaning of life comes to my mind, and I question the reason for my existence on this planet.
We all, from time to time, wonder about our purpose here on earth, and question what is and if there is a standard we are all measured against: the meaning in our lives. Are we to live good and decent lives, obeying the laws of our religion, or our government? If there is a God, should we follow him blindly and betray what we have learned to be true through our own intuition? For me, to believe that there is a higher meaning in life other than to strictly procreate, I must believe there is a God, and that is something I can neither prove nor disprove, though while I grow and learn more of the world around me, I find it harder to believe that there is anything tending the light at the end of our tunnels.
Although I have had many of my own personal doubts about God and his existence, my personal theory on this subject states that we are here to impress God with our thoughts and actions, in order to prove to him that we can handle any obstacles on Earth in
The Bible tells us that man was newborns, children, and adults are all here by the grace of God. Yes, as humans we add meaning and purpose to our life. However, our main purpose from day one is to worship him. (126)
While enrolled in Existence and Reality, a course offered at Allan Hancock College, I was tasked to reflect on my beliefs concerning the seven most prevailing philosophical questions; what is life, what is death, is there a God, is there life after death, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world, and what is the good life? Due to my religious beliefs, I am certain that there is a God, but when talking about the concept of life, I found myself questioning what my purpose was. I have always had a calling to help
The Christian world view on life meaning and purpose is basic and yet different from other world views. Our main resolution in life is to work for God and have a strong connection with him at all times. First and foremost God desires to come first, and all else will tumble into place as long as we believe in him and have complete faith in him also. It is printed that we can only have one master (Matthew 6:24) and for that reason, God believes that serving him must be the highest significant thing for us to do with our period here on earth. (Christian Bible Reference Site)
Susan Wolf addresses these questions an aim to bring out the distinctive characteristics of the reasons and motives that give our lives meaning. Wolf claims that "meaningful lives are laws of active engagement and projects of worth" (Wolf, 206). Suggesting that when a person is actively engaged in anything they feel alive and life is more worth living. Nevertheless, Wolf explains that neither religion or science is sufficient for leading a meaningful life, claiming that a life of passion could corrupt the pursuit of happiness if you decide to dedicate your life to how you feel. Suggesting that working toward some goal that is substantial than yourself, can be hard work if you don 't have any passion or connection to it. According to Wolf, the subjective element is necessary for a meaningful life and arises from active engagement in some activity that one loves. In addition, the passive attachment to objectively valuable things are not sufficient for meaning. The feeling of fulfillment originates when “one is doing what one loves, or when one is engaging in activities by which one is gripped or excited” (Wolf, 207).
What is the purpose of life? How are we supposed to discover who we are supposed to be in life? These are age old questions, and they are issues that every human being asks themselves at some point in their life. And the answer they find will never be simple, because that is just the way life is. Confusing and messy and wonderful and so many other things that we come to discover as we grow up.
TMD is a documentary that questions the current state of humanity on the planet. It begins with the premise that natural life on planet Earth thrives. It posits that the earth is a living system where life forms of differing varieties, such as minerals, plants and animals grow and evolve. While changes and adaptations occur over time, it is a generally accepted scientific theory that life on earth has been thriving and evolving for billions of years. The questions the documentary explores is, “If life on the planet typically thrives, why do so many humans barely survive?” In a world where there seems to be a naturally evolving design toward growth and abundance, “Why is there so much human suffering and misery?” The questions are asked
Modern Homo sapiens of today still struggles with living with in the community that we have created. Some ended up in poverty and can't afford the things that they need to survive. Our society
Many people walk around not worry about whether or not life has any objective meaning, at least most of the time, and when they do think on the topic of the meaning of life, they seem assured that there is some objective meaning. For many, this objective meaning lies in their religion. The notion that God creates the meaning in life does make some sense. For if God created humans, it is reasonable that he created them with intention and purpose. Now this might not be the purpose people want to have, but it is purpose for them none the less. It is from this God given purpose that people can derive their meaning. For those without religion, well, there is always subjective meaning. There is family. There is the future of the human race. In short,
Many theologians have different beliefs of who god is and why he exists. But the most common answer you will receive is, “God exists because he has to exist.” They would argue that without God, nothing would exist, no us, no earth, no galaxy, no universe, nothing. Because how could anything besides God create such a perfect world. How could anything but a perfect being itself create something so perfect. And it
I believe that, as the Westminster Larger Catechism teaches, the "chief and highest end of man", is to "glorify God, and fully enjoy Him for ever." God made people to bring Him glory. I believe that, put briefly, we bring God glory by submitting to His lordship and character. This means that our purpose in life to worship God, obey His commands, and honor His name with everything that we are. (1 Chron. 16:28-29)
Here's a quick timeline of some events: 4000 Ma the earliest life appears on our planet. 2100 Ma More complex cells appear. 1200 Ma Sexual reproduction evolves, leading to faster evolution. Fast forward and it's about 200 000 years ago when Homo sapiens sapiens or i.e. anatomically modern humans evolve. And an era of human achievements began. We discovered things; invented things no one thought were possible, no one thought we needed, no one really believes we need but they are cool anyway. We are able to decode the genes of a 45,000-year-old man from Siberia; we went to the Moon; we can send vines from Space, we invented a 3D printing machine that can turn selfies into pancakes, NASA'S ROVER DREW A PENIS ON MARS! All these years of discoveries
Throughout my life, I have always struggled with the concept of meaning; since I can remember I have suffered from depression. For many years I believed that I did not have a purpose, that God had abandoned me. These thoughts came from anger and resentment of everything and everyone around me. Because my emotions and mental state were negative, everything in my life had a negative outcome. Everything in my mind was everyone else’s fault, all I could focused on was how easy everyone else had it, and how difficult things were for me. Through this I began to question the meaning of my life, and the purpose I had on this world. My depression fueled this belief, that god had abandon me, and therefore I had no purpose. My