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originally posted by: randyvs
originally posted by: okrian
There is nothing more aggravating than people that say "everything in life has a purpose". Arrogance and ignorance all wrapped up together. It's usually people who have pretty decent lives save for a few things that utter this phrase. And sadly, and surprisingly, it's even often said by people that aren't really even aligned with a religion. If they thought for a few minutes what they are really saying, then they might take this thought-line a little more seriously. If everything has a purpose, then you are also saying that there is a purpose for the young girl born into a basement, held as prisoner her entire life, raped repeatedly, tortured, then murdered... never seeing the light of day, never even experiencing joy, not once. You say that for the mass executions and torture throughout the ages. You say that for mass death and extinction. You say that for babies that suffer for a few months and then die. You say that for burn victims that will never want to look in a mirror, etc. etc. etc.
There have been so many awful, painful lives that have unjustly existed and you must also claim that they have a purpose. What kind of terrible self-centered person actually believes that this is true. "Oh, it's ok, everything has a purpose". If my life was nothing but torture and someone said this to me I would want to unleash a new hellish purpose upon them.
I will say this, if I even entertained the idea that life has a purpose, then it was planned out by a terribly cruel and heartless being. All known evidence would certainly point to that.
Of course, this phrase is said to make oneself feel better. That somehow the evils of the world have a means to an end. That good will come of it all. But this world is harsh. This life can be terribly harsh. That's just the way it is. Running from that is merely a short run personal gain (by writing it off, in essence) and straight up insulting to people who's lives are in a far worse place.
There's absolutely no evidence that life has purpose (except to survive, if that can be called a purpose). We make our own purpose. Most of us grew up in society, feel empathy, feel good about things and want others to feel the same. To share in the beauty of the world. And we soak it up for all it's worth, feeling joy for the genetic lottery that landed us here, because you never know when it could all turn.
And you people that say that without god anything would be permissible, wouldn't want to live, etc... you are the scariest people out there. Is the golden rule too complicated for you? Does that not feel natural for survival? Cause you really don't need much more than that.
GET OVER IT!