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Originally posted by JR MacBeth
Number three seems a bit weak maybe.
Sure, I get it, to some extent, we might say that the brain "feeds" on it's input.
But what would a brain "excrete", keeping with your thoughts. How would it do that?
If excrement "benefits" Nature in some way, as what has not been utilized is returned to the earth, and exhalation perhaps benefits plant-life, etc., in keeping with this great cycle, how does your third part return anything, and who / what might benefit from such a return, if one took place?
Of course, I can see taking life in, it's various experiences, and judging, deciding what was good, what was bad, and trying to get rid of, or "forget", the bad. But even if we could somehow forget some of our more unpleasant inputs, how would we really "excrete" them? Maybe this is where the metaphorical treatment begins to break down.
Certainly, we might share our experiences with another, perhaps attempting to spare them some pain (that might be a benefit to someone else), but the metaphor begins to fail for me. Perhaps you can further elaborate.
Originally posted by Stewie
Philosophically, there is no "we".
The word means nothing, because in most people's minds, it does not include other creatures, only humans.
And, if you limit "we" to just humans, you are including humans that live to pollute their minds, bodies and the earth "we" share.
So, who are "we"?
I happen to think that, for the most part, humans were best described as a virus, or cancer...oblivious to the real world around them, preoccupied only with their own self-preservation at the expense of virtually every thing else.
So, if "we" are supposed to be here for a reason, "we" are failing miserably as a people, or "we" were put here to destroy the earth.
So what COULD the reason be that human were "put" here? Well, if humans just learned to coexist with other creatures on this planet, like other creatures manage to do, that would be such a huge leap forward from our current state, that the question should probably be...
Why do humans think they are special when they are so pathetically clueless?
No offense to the OP.
Originally posted by Essan
What is the purpose in life of a tree? A mouse? A sardine?
Humans are no different. Whether we one day might be remains to be seen.