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Why are we here?

Discussion in 'Philosophical Forum' started by DarkRaven7789, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. DarkRaven7789 Kamehameha?

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    Do you know something we don't?Tell me why you think human beings exist.Tell me if there's a reason.Show everybody that your mind is tough enough to answer the little kid's question.
     
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    I do not expect there to be any reason. On a philosophical level, I would say that if we wish a reason to our life we should find a personal one, because if there is to be any grand scheme of human lives we have yet to find it and probably never will — and that will probably be because it fails to exist.

    I could suggest that our reason for life is to survive and procreate, but I don't believe that explanation is really useful to anyone, nor do I believe it is somehow encoded into life. We perceive lifeforms which have instincts to live and procreate because those are the lifeforms with the best probability of living and procreating and therefore continuing the species and so being perceived. Life does not have a goal of procreation and the continuation of the species — it is simply what we perceive of life today. (Evolution is the long-term summation of rather understandable happenstances, rather than a directive to all life to do its best to procreate.)
     
  3. Zaru ________________________________ Retired Staff

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    "Because we're not over there."
     
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    Quoted for truth:oh
     
  5. erictheking Overly rare

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    Interesting. If we wish to impose a reason for our existence, we should quite rationally do so for everything existing probably. e.g. If we exist for a reason, why does the lizard exist..? Why do all the other galaxies exist, what is the purpose of all those stars and planets..you can't know anything by speculating in this context.
    I do feel that everything has its purpose, as for human life..the purpose of human life is for each person to do what they wish to? Not in the generalizing way of "go and rape, murder, do whatever" but to just live, and take the consequences.
     
  6. impersonal Banned

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    "Why are we here?" is (a bit) unclear.

    It can mean "How did we get here?" or "What are we here for?". I suppose the question you are asking is the second one, so answers such as "because of evolution" wouldn't really make sense.

    So, what are we here for?
    Edit: what I wrote previously didn't really make sense.
     
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  7. Marl Now with added S? Engine!

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    First, I'd like you to prove that we ARE here. Then I'll consider your question.
     
  8. Esponer Brief Intermission

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    Perhaps he should instead ask,

    "Why is it that I find myself rather convinced that I am?"
     
  9. troublesum-chan i has one eyeball & its for yu

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    Does it have to have a purpose?

    Its life.

    Maybe we all look at it to hard, maybe life itself is a purpose. To be. To exist.
     
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    we are here to live. its as simple as that.
     
  11. Sub-Zero GB's Lin Kuei Master

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    To make sexy time with teh girlz!:yell Seriously though, the purpose of any species is simply to further their own existance.. so essentially sex is "why we're here" (from a scientic standpoint*).
     
  12. Hwon House of Win

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    Because if we weren't here we would be there and there isn't as good as here.
     
  13. Mintaka Well-Known Member

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    Because we are here thats why. If we weren't here then we wouldn't be asking stupid questions would we.
     
  14. DarkRaven7789 Kamehameha?

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    We wouldnt be answering them either.(This guy makes sense)
     
  15. Juanita Tequila Post Menopausal

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    Why are we here?

    Well...

    Spoiler:
    Why not?!
     
  16. AbnormallyNormal 1 + 2 + 3 = 1 * 2 * 3

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    i dont think thre is any reason its a pure accident
     
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    We are Here,

    To Have Sex.
     
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    Organism A: Bobby, I'm mutating! :arg
    Organism B: Oh shi-

    And so, humanity was born through a huge cosmic accident
     
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    :rotfl

    And there's always the second alternative:lmao


    God: And I hereby create man in my image!!
    Organism A: Bobby, I'm being created! :arg
    Organism B Oh shi-
     
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    Many people seem to think that "we are here to have sex". If you claim that DNA has a goal, an objective, then that would be true. However, DNA is just matter; it just is. It tends to produce beings which make babies, due to the principle of natural selection.

    Claiming that we are here to reproduce is like claiming that the earth is here to orbit around the sun. This is what the earth does, this is how it came to where it is currently, but this doesn't tell us why the earth exists in the first place, what the earth is for. For all we know, the earth could have no goal whatsoever, or it could be designed to harbor life, or it could be a ball in a spatial game of billiard.

    Similarly, reproduction only explains how we came here, not what for. We could be meant to worship God, to be happy, to be the cancer of this planet, etc. Reproduction doesn't really answer the question.

    Esponer's post was good regarding this point:
     
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    I believe that we are here as an example of one of the infinite paths the universe could have taken. I believe that we could be anything else but we are not, we are here and now and will be in the future. And most importantly:
    We are who we are because of every single event that has ever happened before we came into existence or even before the very second you read this. We will be whatever we are in the future because of the decisions we make and the decisions/events of others.
     
  22. mister_napolean Drank Sippa Weed Smoka

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    as a future philsopher i would say "your here cause your here goddamnit"
     
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    We are here because we aren't elsewhere. But really, life exists to grow and change in different ways. We are no different from the plants that just want to live in the sunlight, sprouting and existing just because it can.
     
  24. Hyuuga_X Byakugan!

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    I don't think we can awnser that question untill we actually die and get to know why we where here. But while where here, I think we should make the best of it an treat eachother with respect.
     
  25. AbnormallyNormal 1 + 2 + 3 = 1 * 2 * 3

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    aweomse answer, even better than mine though logically equivalent nonetheless
     
  26. Taleran Back to Nothing

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    We just exist becuase of the sake of existing.
    We should make the best out of it and keep in mind that the most important thing in life is that you can look in the mirror without any regrets.
     
  28. Orochimaru-sama Sannin Inconceivable!

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    What's important is that we exist. Any1 got a problem with that? lol
    Seriously, there is no purpose. We just exist.
     
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    As a Christian, I believe God put us here because we have a reason. Not sure specifically the reason(s) why he would put us on here, but there are reasons.

    In a more scientific approach, we come along way from a similar ancestor, a single-celled organism that evolved into complex multi-cellular organisms, which branched off into all types of species.
     
  30. Harmonie Crazy Woodwind Lady

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    I don't think that we exist for any particular reason... I don't believe in God or fate or any of that crap.

    However, I do think that we as individual's should find reasons for our own lives... to make it enjoyable. It is our only life after all.
     
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