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What is the point in humanity?

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    (Original post by Athena64)
    Might have to disagree with you here. For example, when you do not have work you may sleep in, because you don't have a 'purpose' to wake up. And the reason one goes to work or school also has a purpose. You might be right in that there are not purposes, but we humans like to put purpose into things, like repurposing wood into paper for literature, and working because we put meaning into little bits of coin (money).

    Though, asking this question really has no purpose. We can live without ever raising this question.
    You put the question in terms of "what is the point in humanity?" If "humanity" has a purpose, it must either be conscious itself (to set its purpose) or have something else (that is conscious) create it and set a purpose for its existence.

    In the first case, your question is clearly nonsensical. It just doesn't make any sense since humanity is not itself a conscious thing.

    In the second case, it does make sense but I don't think it's answerable unless the Creator has revealed to us His purpose in creating us.
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    (Original post by Athena64)
    If we assume that the meaning of life, in a biological sense, is to reproduce, what is the point in that? Why should we propagate our species, just for them to reproduce again? Is there an end goal, or is it only to keep humanity alive that we do this?
    Why does there have to be a point? I can see it from a survival of the species aspect, but thats about it. Humanity can make its own targets if it wishes to. You will need to clarify your question.
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    (Original post by FightToWin)
    Didn't people start doing that last year?

    Ikr evolution has begun already...lol
    soon we'll be green
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    Assuming you like existing, is that not enough point?
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    (Original post by Athena64)
    If we assume that the meaning of life, in a biological sense, is to reproduce, what is the point in that? Why should we propagate our species, just for them to reproduce again? Is there an end goal, or is it only to keep humanity alive that we do this?
    The humanity does not make sense. All this is a big mistake, an accident, and we have to live as if the meaning of existing is here right in our hands.
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    Smells like an existential crisis.
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    (Original post by Athena64)
    If we assume that the meaning of life, in a biological sense, is to reproduce, what is the point in that? Why should we propagate our species, just for them to reproduce again? Is there an end goal, or is it only to keep humanity alive that we do this?
    Biology can't think and only really keeps you in prime condition until about 40 anyway so yeah, beyond breeding there is no real point to humanity beyond that.

    With that being said, humans are a sentient species and can therefore choose their own purpose once breeding has been achieved. For some it is to genetically engineer a superior human. For others, it is to bring order to the universe.

    I will say that humanity's history suggests that our future purpose probably won't be one we'd view as pleasant today. As we move into the space age, i'm very confident that we will begin the imperial age anew.
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    Being 'it' leaves us at a disadvantage in terms of figuring out what we are but the eagerness and resourcefulness in life to stay on like the Olympic flame can only be more suggestive of a point to it than... not. Salmon are compelled into struggling up a river for a purpose, whether they know it or not does not change anything.

    It could simply be too early to tell what the point of the living world is, were there one and we couldn't reasonably be expected to understand it.
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    To me, our purpose has always been to strive for justice and to find the nature of that justice. We can choose to live with hope and meaning, and to live with the idea that death is not the end, but the beginning. Of course, biology tells you that you're a reproductive machine, but you can simply choose not to be. A purpose is absolute and something you live by. You don't live by reproduction; it is not an obligation.
 
 
 
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