Really, what’s the point?

ALBERT Einstein once observed that “there are two ways to live: one is as if nothing is a miracle; the other as if everything is”.

Jean-Paul Sartre, not a believer in miracles, said “I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.” But Christian author A.W.Tozer countered that with the thought that if you think God away, the naturally man has no ground of existence.

If this existence is a cosmic fluke, then our being is an exercise in futility. It has no purpose.

There will come a time when no one will be alive to remember that we even
existed. All that mankind thought and did will be for nothing.

The alternative view is that we are here to attain eternal union with our brothers and sisters, and with the Divine. We are here to love and to be loved. We are here to complete ourselves

Writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said our obligation was to give meaning to existence and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.

“Life is a gift and meaning is its reward,” he said. “The meaning of life is to be found in every encounter. Every moment is a moment of grace.”

Humorist Garrison Keillor said we are all here to know and serve God.
“It’s clear truth that, like the nose on your face, is near at hand and easily discernible but can make you dizzy if you try to focus on it hard.But a little faith will see you through.”

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7 thoughts on “Really, what’s the point?

  1. In the end every opinion and personal need is founded on the expectations we’ve been conditioned to have.
    The ENTIRELY irrational need to have a ‘purpose’ ~ the expectation that we or the universe generally MUST have ‘meaning’ ~ is unadulterated fantasy based upon self-indulgent pride.
    We’re the only species in the known universe to be so stupid ~ and spend our short lives trying to validate our (well….’your’, since I don’t indulge) stupidity: much of it on our (your) knees…….. and even more or it at each others’ throats.

    But that Jesus character gave you all the clues way back when:-
    (Matt.18:3: And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” …..and might have added ‘which is available here and now rather than a zillion light-years away’.
    Remember that there’s NO meaning or purpose in ‘heaven’ either; just absence of manufactured fear and greed and misery.’

    The irony is that as little kids we had all that…until uber-smart-arsed and self-centered adults made us conform to THEIR world-views.

    By coincidence, in today’s news:-
    http://www.essentialkids.com.au/older-kids/development-for-older-kids/my-mother-hid-her-death-from-my-children-20140109-30jxy.html

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  2. An interesting subject, most people ask this question around the 40th year of their physical life. Why am I here? Just a biological machine? Eat, dispose, multiply? Is this all? Exactly the questions I asked at the day i turned 40. I did find the answer, almost the next day and it was overwhelming. I found grace I never knew before. Love so great that my own mother could n’ give. Just the day before though I was like dabbles, dissecting everything intellectually, laughing at people who had “faith.”
    We change when we find the purpose. And no, we don’t make our purpose in the sense that there is no purpose in the inside of us. As humans we have hardly purpose. Yes I know, we work, mary, have children, all very good purpose for while, but it does go away in time and the importance of it fades. Unless we find the real purpose, we drift towards senility. What the purpose is is everyone’s own business. Each needs to find it for themselves. No one can tell you. I am not been evasive, it is just that way. We must find our way individually. I can only say that the purpose is much bigger than even the churches are telling you. Much greater. It is the real mystery the sages were telling over the millenniums. I know dabbles, you like proof for everything, no proof will be given. It would be the same as to remove the free will.

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  3. Simply having faith that there is a reason for existence is all that is really needed, isn’t it? We’re here because of something that we’ll likely never fully understand, but we are here. Might as well do our best to try and figure out the best way to make the best of it!

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  4. “The alternative view is that we are here to attain eternal union with our brothers and sisters, and with the Divine. We are here to love and to be loved. We are here to complete ourselves.”

    That’s not THE alternative view. That’s one of millions or billions of possible alternative views. It’s a nice little feel-good story, but that’s all it is. One of many.

    The truth is we are here. So deal with it. Make the best of it, for you and everyone else.
    Improve yourself, improve your society..Be nice to people. Don’t strait-jacket and blinker yourself in ancient, superstitious ignorance. Use the wisdom we have learned in the past few thousand years to make a better world, full of people who are clear-thinking and brave enough to face the reality of their wonderful trip through life from oblivion to oblivion.

    But never fear death. There is NOTHING to fear. NOTHING to fear with. Just PEACE. NOTHING.
    Just the way it was for you before you were conceived. Perfect PEACE,

    What better way for life to end?

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