There is no real reason. Humanity is completely insignificant, particularly in the wider picture of intergalactic existence.
Lovecraft put it well when he said "A presage of transition to chaos. Which will carry it away in the end. The human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motion of elementary particles. Good, evil, morality, feelings? Pure 'Victorian fictions'. Only egotism exists."
To have a purpose there would need to be an entity to whom that purpose mattered.
Assuming the non-existence of God (a fairly safe conjecture given the evidence), the only entities to which things can 'matter', are the minds of humans and miscellaneous alien beings of superior intelligence.
We consider a single human mind.
Without loss of generality let this be my mind.
The only thing I'm thinking about right now is eating some cake.
(Original post by milesofsea)
Why do humans, seemingly instinctively, feel the need to search for a meaning or purpose, if there isn't one? Where does the desire to give purpose to life arise from if it's completely baseless?
And what a charming way to view life - 'just deal with it'. Life's too potentially rewarding or punishing to have such a passive attitude to it.
We instinctively search for many things, baseless or not because it's like we want everything to be complete, we search for a creator for example, which in my view is baseless. Humans have a lot of irrational instincts anyway.
Yeah, well what I meant is that it's a case of you are here now, make the most of it, that's what I meant by deal with it, deal with it in the best way possible. Well, we were never asked to be born, we weren't given the choice, whether you like it or not, you are here now. Some may like it, some may not.
I'm passive because I've realised that each and every person is an insignificant pile of dust, if I were to die today, life will still go on, people will still reproduce.
There isn't one, we exist due to random chance and we simply are. We look for some higher purpose because knowing we had a purpose would support our hopes that we are uniquely important, and would validate our choices
Now you can see this two ways- your life is pointless and insignificant so give up and let it pass by, or Your life has no objective purpose but that also means that you are completely free and your life is your own- you can feel comfortable choosing your own desires and goals and shouldn't feel that wrong in whatever you decide.
You can't ever really know the meaning of your life, and you never will. Just know that your life has a meaning.. Every life, whether it lasts one-hundred years, or one-hundred seconds, has some sort of purpose. Every life and every death changes the world in its own way. Just understand that enjoying life should be a much greater concern than understanding it, because just like that; it could end...
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