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    Quote Originally Posted by forzen View Post
    Come now Victor, I'm looking for your defination of the meaning of life, not Charles Darwin . Unless, you're telling me that his defination is your defination and you have nothing to add to it.
    If you just care to read below, you will find our purpose is the greatest good for the greatest number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Does focus on family give a person purpose?
    Sure, and it is a purpose most of us share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Sure, and it is a purpose most of us share.
    Yeah, that is what I think. There is purpose to be found in life and it is right in front of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Yeah, that is what I think. There is purpose to be found in life and it is right in front of us.
    I think I prefer the distinction that natural selection has no purpose. In other words, we have not been selected by God or natural selection for a purpose.

    However we see purpose all around us because we are meaning creating animals.

    We can't help ourselves. Meaning and purpose are our default positions.

    This can be illustrated by its opposite when we deliberately turn off the meaning part of our brains and everything comes as a surprise.

    Of course we can't live in a world of surprise all the time and we quickly revert back to our default position of meaning and purpose.

    But it is refreshing and relaxing to deliberately let it go for while, and then return as if returning home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    If you just care to read below, you will find our purpose is the greatest good for the greatest number.
    Haha you got me, when I saw good ol Charles name I immediately jump to conclusion. You have to forgive me, old habit die hard.

    I'm really looking into the overall purpose of humanity on the grand scheme of thing. It's easy to see that contributing to society while persuing happiness is a justifiable reason to exist. After all, there are many evidence that if one puts the happiness of the whole first, everyone will eventually profit from the effort. A good example of this mentality is Japan who promote the well being of the country first and self second and have had good result while country like the Philippines who put leaders that put self first harm the whole as a result (not that I condemn my home country, I'm just merely making an observation).

    However, when everything is said and done, my question is to what end are we making these efforts. What does the greater good of humanity have to do with our overall purpose as human. Certainly, science have explain many of nature's mysteries and as a result made some people's life easier. But it's an illusion to think that making life easier to everyone would result in happiness. Afterall, all it does is set a new standard of living that everyone will eventually get used to living in. It does nothing to explain the overall purpose of humanity in the grand scheme of things.
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    I want to find the truth in this world.

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    the purpose i have created for myself is to use the talents i have developed over the past 22-some years to assist members of my community, by whatever means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bay View Post
    I want to find the truth in this world.
    *gets his bag and joins you*

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    if you'll only take the time to hear it."
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    there is no purpose really. my life, and anyone else's, is just indicative of a greater purpose all outside ourselves: the universe as a whole, life in general terms, may have purpose. i'm willing to say that. what i think internally and personally may not. and the more i redirect outwards and align myself with those small glimpses of the universal, the more i might be in touch with what true purpose is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foolish heart View Post
    Hey, I really like this. Have you always thought this? If not, how did you come to that outlook? Was it through personal reflection, or... ?
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    "My Journey is my Destination."

    "Today Counts Forever." R.C. Sproul

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