The Purpose of Life

Memba Ben By Memba Ben, 27th Aug 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Today we ask if whether it is better or not to have experienced life.

What is the purpose of life?

The futility of life is a specific subject matter that depends on how things are in your life.
If you have things to look forward to in life, then you would reason that there is no futility in life. But to others who have their backs against the wall or are just depressed by nature, they would argue that living is futile due to the inevitability we as people face that regardless of who you are, we all meet with the same fate in the end. Having said that, if we were afforded the opportunity to review the life cycle of a human being, would it have been better to have not come into life knowing fully well what fate we have waiting for us in the end or is it for the best that we undergo what we undergo in preparation for the afterlife (if there is in fact an afterlife waiting for us)?

Have you ever sat down and really thought about what is in fact your life’s purpose?

Have you ever critically evaluated your existence and not with the intent of finding out if you can maximize your life’s potential by living the best life you as a person can live but with the intent of finding out why we as people bother with life?

While we as people may have an origin as to how we came into existence, there aren’t a lot of points to suggest that we have a TRUE purpose for living except for procreation. In fact, from observation, most people tend to reproduce in order to bring their seed into life but with the intention to live vicariously through your seed. Hence why parents tend to control every aspect of their children’s lives even when the child reaches an age that suggests they are mature enough or can sustain themselves and can live independently.

Another thing to consider is the multiple issues a person faces in life. If it is not financial issues, then it is social issues or psychological issues. In hindsight, if you did not know what kind of life you as a person were going to have before you were going to be brought into it, would you still have taken the chance to be born knowing you could possibly be facing insurmountable odds?

People do not want to live lives where they cannot reach their goals, aims, hopes and dreams. Just imagine never accomplishing the things you wanted to do in life. Would a person really want to live such a life where failure is the theme?

Then again, to make the argument that life is futile, a person will have to assess life according to our values, goals, aims and dreams in life. As it happens, there are 2 types of values that people can have which are intrinsic values and extrinsic values. Intrinsic values are good because they give people a purpose in life (e.g. an ideology or religion). Extrinsic values are good because they lead to something else which is good (they are a means to an end). Things that have extrinsic values lead to happiness and pleasure (e.g. money). In the light of these examples, life can only be seen to be valuable in the light of people who place intrinsic or extrinsic value to it.

It doesn’t matter what our origins are, the only things that matter is what we have now in our lives, what we make of our lives and if whether we have the drive and passion to enjoy life for what it is. If a person was to look at life and determine what best describes life, I would personally consider nihilistic existentialism as a more accurate description of life as a person cannot argue if life has or doesn’t have purpose or meaning but rather that the purpose, meaning and value of life is determined by the person living that life according to their goals, hopes, aims and dreams.

There are too many things to discover in life for it to be considered futile or redundant. In fact, I would go as far as to say that (ironically) the spontaneousness of life should be reason enough to prove that life is not entirely without purpose.

Although a person can say that there is no intrinsic and objective value to life, the meaning of life can be made through a person’s psychology according to what they want to get out of in life.

In the end, both views have their merits and flaws but the aim of the article was to further understand each ideology so that we could potentially see the views of the other side and also see the grey between the black and white.

Hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading….


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