Originally posted by Raelsatu
Carl Sagan once said "We are a way for the universe to know itself." So yes, we do have a purpose . Without conscious experience, there would
essentially be nothing. Without conscious experience to perceive & break up time, the universe would simply be born and then die. There would be the
beginning and the end, & everything in between simply occurring in an instant.
As humans, we record time, experience every living moment; and in some sense THAT is was gives it all meaning. Would there really be a meaning if the
universe just existed?? No. We need the universe just much as the universe needs us.
I don't know that you're wrong - but, in all fairness, this is "someone's opinion...that became someone's belief".
Who are we (human beings), though, to say that "only WE" have conscious experience?
Why not rocks?
Why not stars & planets?
Why not the wind and cosmic debris and plants...and "other beings" that we do not physically see or feel...?
It would seem that - in the general way of the universe (seeds carry the potential of producing the likeness of whatever produced the seed)...the
ability to "be aware of oneself" would likely have derived from the "first seed". Whether the "first seed" was the "Big Bang particle" or "God"
or...something/someone unidentifiable (as yet), the ability to "be aware" was certainly present therein.
The OP proposes that those who believe we have a special purpose (other than that discovered by The Jerk), rather simply "need" a purpose...to make
Others say/believe that we "must" have a purpose...else why would everyone (so many) have striven for the duration of recorded history to "find
Maybe this is just a "vacation" world/incarnation... Do with it what you will...because, when this life is over, you go back to your mundane tasks of
keeping the cogs and wheels of the universe running...eternally.
Sadly (or not) - all we can do is speculate.
If anyone (or all) of the Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, Satanist, Scientist or Otherist
arguments were irrefutable (so sound - anyone
with an open mind/heart/soul/what-have-you would see "the truth")...we wouldn't even be discussing the topic.
But - none of them are "whole-enough" to answer everyone's questions.
So - like was said before - "my dog's bigger than yours".
Considering the possibility of a "purpose" for each of us - one also has to consider the ramifications thereof -
If I was made/created/designed to accomplish, do or be something specific - can I fail? If so - what are the consequences of such failure?
If I was made/created/designed for a particular purpose -- what does that say about "free will"? Do I have a choice in the matter? What if I don't
want to be the sacrificial lamb? What if I don't want to live in poverty? Etc...? Do I really get to choose -- or is it all, already,
edit on 12/13/2012 by WanDash because: too many words