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meaning of life? why are we here?

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So one of my coworkers passed away recently. He s in hist early 30s, very successful, very rich. It got me thinking, what is the point of all of this. 99% of the population go to work, watch TV at night, sleep, and repeat. Only very few leave legacies. Besides starting a family, helping the poor/needy, religious devotions, what is the purpose of life? 
I think I am hitting my 1/4 life crisis...
kffight3r posted Mar 23, 2012

Somewhere in our 30s or 40s we begin to feel our own mortality because people we know, people in our age group, die. I'm 54 and I really feel it. It does make me think about my life and what it means and I think it's a great question. I think a lot of the answer has to do with how many regrets you might have and what you can do about them. Great question.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Mar 23, 2012


Heidegger says that the moment you are born, you are ready to die.

Children are often wiser than us because they know to ask "Why?". It's what makes us human and separates us from animals.

Many move through this world without answering that question. Those that find the answer remain to be the strongest, even upon death, for they do not fear death any longer.

A wise man once said,

"People in this world are like travelers whose journey is going on though they are asleep."

May you find peace,

comebacknader (rep: 8) posted Mar 23, 2012


Having children is the only purpose for living....

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Mar 23, 2012


i am so sorry for your loss. you ask a question that holds no answer. one's purpose for living could be different from another. i'm in my 20s and i probably still have lots to learn. thank you for sharing with us and i hope the angels above are watching over your colleague.

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Mar 23, 2012


I have lost 2 very close friends in the past 5 years when they were both 20 and were about to turn 21 in just 2 more months! I often think life is so unfair but when I look at what both of them achieved in just 20 years of their life it surprises me. I think about them often and realize how much difference they made in that short time.
Life is very unpredictable and I try not to stress about anything in life because I never know if I am going to be alive tomorrow!

The purpose of life as one of my late friends referred to is to "live it king size every moment".

Florida2Texas (rep: 15.1k) posted Mar 23, 2012


The idea of death terrifies me. I tend to think about it right before I sleep too, which prolongs insomnia. I figure it works something like this: I'm so afraid of death because if I died tomorrow, I'd be missing out on so many things... Traveling, getting my first house, getting married, having kids, and making a million more worthwhile memories. When I get older, I'll (hopefully) be experiencing these things and soon won't be as lively or energetic. I'll feel (more) complete by then. Thus dying the next day wouldn't be as bad since I lived out to what I wanted and could do.
hope that was eloquent. I'm tired, so much so that the meaning of life won't be keeping me up too late tonight

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Mar 23, 2012


I always think about how small we are in this HUGE universe and why are we even here? I agree that life seems like that movie Ground Hog Day and we are getting nowhere fast. It is a good question but there is no good answer.

krmills1 (rep: 14.4k) posted Mar 24, 2012


For me it is so simple,,,,,there isn't a meaning for anything, you pick the path you take. Good or bad, make it and do the best you can.

I never did understand why people are so scared of dieing, since there will a time we all must die, why not just enjoy and be happy.

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Mar 24, 2012


I'm so sorry for your loss! There are so many people who need help and guidance in this life so I think if you focus on how you can improve the lives of others, you might feel more rewarded and be happier than if you directly focus on your happiness. It is tough to experience death, especially when the person is young or "not ready to die"

VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 12.4k) posted Mar 24, 2012


^ My dad had lung cancer, and morphine made him ready....I hope I am never ready for death.

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Mar 24, 2012


Hope you get to read kffight3r,

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Mar 26, 2012


Hey Arsiel. Thanks for the link. I am actually not scared of death at all - I rather welcome it. I think it's a natural order of things and life only has meaning because we have a limited time on Earth. Just imagine that you get to live forever... you will outlive all of your family and friends and there is no longer any notion of time - I think that is rather a curse than anything else. Obviously I don't want to die when I am 30 but when the time comes and I have done my fair share here on Earth, I would be happy to see the Reaper.

I believe in fate, semi-existentialist view on life. I think we are here for a reason and we have a somewhat predetermined fate and you can't avoid it to some extent. That's why I try to live on the edges and I have a couple life goals I want to accomplish.

What I am scared of is not being able to accomplish the things I want to do in life - either not "making it" to have enough resources to complete them or not have enough time to leave a legacy when I am gone.

kffight3r (rep: 777) posted Mar 26, 2012