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Do you feel like you have a purpose?
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Yes, I do.
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Well i guess the purpose of humans is to find happiness. Guess you need to figure out what makes you happy.
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Whenever I have to make decisions about my future, for example, one I had to make no too long ago, what I want to study at University, I start to think about where I want to be in the future, what I want to do, what I want to be, who I want to be with, and ultimately, I always end up feeling like there is no true purpose in life. I mean, to be honest, I don't really want to study a specific course, I don't have a plan, nor do I have a 'dream' so to speak, which leaves me with this empty feeling that my life is currently at a standstill, like I'm just waiting until I figure out what it is I really want to do with my life, like I have no purpose, no bigger picture that I'm working towards.

So what are your thoughts? Do you feel like you have purpose? Have you ever felt like you don't?


Then don't go to university. Trust me, university is the most boring learning environment there is. 60% of the time I fell asleep 5 minutes after the lecture.
If there is one thing that university courses are good for is that it gives you an in-depth theoretical knowledge of the particular major you're studying.

If you don't have a passion for any particular major, you're going to find it extremely boring because 90% of the time you have to self-teach by reading textbooks to connect the dots and understanding the big picture.

I'm not a career adviser, but I think it's important to find something you're genuinely interested in, even if it's a train signaller. If you like trains, then go for it.

The reason I'm saying all this is because I come from an Asian family; and they expect me to do scholarly subjects... I guess I was pressured into doing science. I always knew I was more of an artistic person... I wanted to do something like painting or acting but my family never supported me in that route so that's how I ended up with a Bachelor of Science.
And being 16 at the time, you know, I was insecure about my own artistic abilities... I underestimated myself thinking I could never sell an artwork.

I wouldn't call going to university a mistake either -- because I've learned a lot from my science degree, so many interesting facts about the human body that I could never have learned from normal textbooks.

But if I were born into an artistic family, I think my life would be much more satisfying because my life would revolve around art.


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survival and reproduction
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Humans survive. That would be existence at it's simplest. Everything else is merely in addition to survival. Survive. thrive, pass on your genes. Simple. The GOAL is to further the species in some meaningful way that leaves a mark, therefore easing the fear of death and oblivion.
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Survival and reproduction! That's hilarious! That's just wrong. To always just think that the purpose of life is just to survive and to reproduce means you believe that life is just about suffering.

The goal in life is to be happy.
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Manidngo16 wrote:

Whenever I have to make decisions about my future, for example, one I had to make no too long ago, what I want to study at University, I start to think about where I want to be in the future, what I want to do, what I want to be, who I want to be with, and ultimately, I always end up feeling like there is no true purpose in life. I mean, to be honest, I don't really want to study a specific course, I don't have a plan, nor do I have a 'dream' so to speak, which leaves me with this empty feeling that my life is currently at a standstill, like I'm just waiting until I figure out what it is I really want to do with my life, like I have no purpose, no bigger picture that I'm working towards.

So what are your thoughts? Do you feel like you have purpose? Have you ever felt like you don't?


I feel the exact same way after changing majors twice and now heading towards an accounting degree. I have no goals or dreams to accomplish and I don't see any reason why I was ever born.
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Survival and reproduction! That's hilarious! That's just wrong. To always just think that the purpose of life is just to survive and to reproduce means you believe that life is just about suffering.

The goal in life is to be happy.


To always just think that there MUST be a purpose, means you suffer from delusions of grandeur. I don't think it's all about suffering. Survival is an intricate mechanism between billions of organisms ranging from microscopic, to massive animals. There is beauty in that system and it's simplicity. Humans suffer from ego, and the belief that somehow they are meant for "purpose". Without that longing for purpose the suffering dwindles.
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To always just think that there MUST be a purpose, means you suffer from delusions of grandeur. I don't think it's all about suffering. Survival is an intricate mechanism between billions of organisms ranging from microscopic, to massive animals. There is beauty in that system and it's simplicity. Humans suffer from ego, and the belief that somehow they are meant for "purpose". Without that longing for purpose the suffering dwindles.


^ My thoughts exactly
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Just stop, diodrin. I'm not going to read you post filled with lies.
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It can be your goal to be happy, or to make someone else happy, or to do something great and contribute to the world, however, this is not your purpose. We exist because life is possible and we are able to. Our purpose in existence is to survive and keep or species alive by reproducing and I really believe it is as simple as that. It would be cool if we were all handed purposes and everyone was here for a unique reason but does that really make sense?
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Definitely, I believe that every live is significant. The Lord God created everyone with a purpose in mind, and praying for an answer as to what that purpose may be, and then living out that purpose, will take away all emptiness. Living your life entirely through Him and with Him and in Him is the only way to fill the void of emptiness in one's heart.
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-Vega- wrote:

Survival and reproduction! That's hilarious! That's just wrong. To always just think that the purpose of life is just to survive and to reproduce means you believe that life is just about suffering.

The goal in life is to be happy.


To always just think that there MUST be a purpose, means you suffer from delusions of grandeur. I don't think it's all about suffering. Survival is an intricate mechanism between billions of organisms ranging from microscopic, to massive animals. There is beauty in that system and it's simplicity. Humans suffer from ego, and the belief that somehow they are meant for "purpose". Without that longing for purpose the suffering dwindles.


Why would humans even come into existence then? There is no point in evolving as a species just to destroy the planet and each other.
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lordseth23 wrote:


diodrin wrote:


-Vega- wrote:

Survival and reproduction! That's hilarious! That's just wrong. To always just think that the purpose of life is just to survive and to reproduce means you believe that life is just about suffering.

The goal in life is to be happy.


To always just think that there MUST be a purpose, means you suffer from delusions of grandeur. I don't think it's all about suffering. Survival is an intricate mechanism between billions of organisms ranging from microscopic, to massive animals. There is beauty in that system and it's simplicity. Humans suffer from ego, and the belief that somehow they are meant for "purpose". Without that longing for purpose the suffering dwindles.


Why would humans even come into existence then? There is no point in evolving as a species just to destroy the planet and each other.


Humans can't destroy the planet, we can destroy ecosystems and environments that benefit us but we can't destroy it by being here. Organisms, particularly microorganisms, will continue to survive no matter how much we pollute the planet.
The primitive Earth was even more toxic yet microorganisms were the first organisms to survive through that toxic environment.

Killing each other is obviously about survival and territories, observed in many other animals.

Evolution is caused by randomness. We just happened to develop intelligence as part of our survival trait, there is no predestined purpose for any organism.
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