I hope this is the appropriate section for this. I have been thinking about a theory that makes sense (to me) regarding a lot of common concepts that
spring to mind when thinking about the innate meaning of life and the possible purpose behind it all as I have theorized. I have come up with this
based on a lot of existential thinking, empirical observations, and quite a bit of research and thought on religions, the hereafter.
The views I have encountered most often regarding the meaning and purpose of it all have been:
a. To worship/praise or be the play things of god(s).
b. To experience.
I have mixed views on a. in that I think we are not here to worship or praise god(s) as I don't find anything empirical about life it self to suggest
this. I do see it as a possibility that we could be the play things of a or multiple gods but I have my thoughts that even if that was the case there
is more to it based on a theory I have about the difference between what people define as "God" and the actual source of us all, the actual Alpha and
Omega. The foundations of my views are stacked on a lot of research and thinking of which have taken way too many pages to put in a post but the
basics of this perspective is that the actual alpha and omega is what we and everything else is composed of which is non-sentient energy. I currently
hold the belief based off of various accounts of “Gods” that if they exist(ed) even as a fraction of what is commonly presented that they seem all
too human. I have previously attributed the human characteristics of gods to humans fabricating the concept of gods for various reasons but after
other research into what else might exist beyond this mortal experience have decided if they did/do exist they are no different from us.
"Knowledge is power" I'm sure you've heard it before and I think that is what it would boil down to in regard to the difference between what we
consider as human and what some people consider “God”. Ultimately we and the “God(s)” would be composed of the same thing, we are conscious
energy and therefor while not equal in power (read: knowledge) we are equal as conscious entities and if someone were to impose on us that we are here
to praise it would not be an innate meaning to life but a impression forced on us by someone/something with greater power. I've written extensively on
the notions of why a lot of the reasons people say we are here in relation to God, why I think what humans define as god is a matter of knowledge, and
what I currently think is the true nature of creation/sentience but I hope this is enough of a summery in regard to a god and how it might factor into
our innate purpose (read: doesn’t factor into our purpose).
I see b. fairly often now a days and I don't think it's a terrible reason but it's not much of a reason at all in itself. What usually follows when I
probe the root cause of why people think we are here to experience is so we can return to either "Oneness" or "The Source" which is no real answer at
all and usually when I try to probe more I'm met with blank stares or a repeated circular explanation. Aside from what science says is the motivation
of these lives one could certainly empirically form the view that we are here to experience as that is what we do but it doesn't actually answer a
"root why" so much as being an observation of what it is we do. This view is often tied into reincarnation as well which always makes me groan because
when probed I once again always get the circular argument regarding the reason which ends as no reason at all (It seems people who dogmatically
believe reincarnation often have a problem saying “I don’t know”).
That said, so why do I think we are here and how does it relate to these two things I brought up? I current hold the belief that the metaphysical
reason we are here is the same as the empirically derived biological reason that is often attributed to the things we do, which is to simply
continue/create life (said by science if I'm not mistaken as the drive to pass on our DNA). I believe there is simply a drive for consciousness and
life to create more consciousness and life (drives can be ignored). This general purpose as it relates to/for our existence may sound cold and
clinical but I do not think that it is, as it exists as a basic drive separate from the conscious human reasons we find for our existence (which is
left up to us as I subjectively believe there is no inherent purpose in that way).
Where does God fit in? Assuming we persist as conscious entities (based off of my research I believe we do) I hope I don’t sound too pretentious
when I say this but I think we are destined to become like the concept people think of when they think of God(s); I think with enough knowledge we can
learn to manipulate our environment (read: energy) much in the same way we utilize science to manipulate the resources our environment provides to
create what we want. In this way life would continuously bring about more conscious energy, which would bring about more conscious energy much in the
same way we grow like a vicious cancer on earth but without the negative effects (as far as I can currently figure).
Reincarnation? This is just new speculation and really a product of my mind spinning as such I have not probed it too much for holes but I believe if
it exists it’s a process possibly made up by other conscious entities to do the same thing some may consciously do which is to once again
continue/create life. In researching the afterlife I have come across a few times supposed accounts from the other side which indicate that
reincarnation may happen, but not as we think it does or is not the simplified version which we know. Reincarnation may very well be a process where
an alternate reality is created just as real as ours from what the entities know. Why would someone have to do something like that if we can do it on
our own? I believe not everyone possesses a perspective conducive to consciously creating a working “machine” that creates more conscious energy.
In this model reincarnation would exist as a possible authoritive construct of entities that may have been around longer and know more as a way for
other entities to continue that may not know how to continue as they are. This would even account for other concepts I have distaste for like
soul-groups/destiny/etc. All that said I still hope it doesn’t exist.
That’s it summarized as well as I could compress it. I hope it’s coherent as the majority of it was fueled by late night scotch. It’s all just a
theory somewhat based on other theories I have come up with. The other theories are more rooted in what I can deduce more surely with this being more
speculative which is uncomfortable for me but I figured I’d make a post out of it anyway.
-Thanks for reading and feel free to take it apart
edit on 18-1-2014 by Strayed because: Spelling.