“So what’s the point then? Why even go on?
The point is this. You are here for a very short period of time and the fact that you are here is an invaluable gift. So if there is stuff that’s hurting you; a bad job, a bad relationship, debt, stress… walk away from it. Don’t let things destroy this precious gift. And don’t buy into the lie that sitting behind a computer for 8 hours a day for a paycheck is going to fulfill you. It won’t. That’s a system built on lies. If there is something you want to do then do it before it is too late. Do it now!
Life will fly by and before you know it, you will be at the end of it. Don’t get to the end saying “I wish I had done this or that. I wish I had seen this. I wish…..
Do it when you can! Before it’s too late. Because life is a gift that can be taken from you at any moment. Treasure it and enjoy it!”
“First of all, let’s understand that humans are nothing more than one of thousands of different species on this planet. We, like birds or fish or dogs, live here for a period of time and then pass away. But unlike all other species, we are distinct in one thing: We contemplate our reason for being and deduce that there must be reason behind it. Think about it: Does a monkey ever ask, “Why am I here?” Does a whale ask “What is my purpose?” Does a goat think “Have I succeeded, am I happy?”
NO! No other species dwells on such things. They live their lives moment to moment. They do not plan their meals, they do not set their clocks and create their schedules, overbooking their time, so that they are constantly rushed. Only humans do these things. But why?
It is because humans and humans alone are intelligent enough to believe that there must be more. There must be reason for this. There must be a purpose.
And that’s where we are wrong. Now here’s a strong statement that is true: Everything about you, your sense of humor, your intelligence, your creativity, your compassion, your motivation; all of what makes you YOU, will be forgotten within two generations of your death. Your children will remember your love, and maybe your grandchildren but after them, you will only be a picture on a wall or a name in the annals of history. But what makes you who you are, distinct and unique, will be forgotten forever. Just like all other species. Sad.”
“No one has a purpose. If you don’t believe in fate or god then you know that already. However, you can accept the absurdity that is life and choose your own purpose. What that purpose is won’t come from some anon on the internet. You’re the only one that can decide it to truly achieve satisfaction in life. Follow your dreams or help someone achieve theirs. Have fun, do drugs, drink, party, go to an art gallery, a play, the park, a museum, or live like a hermit playing games all day. Doesn’t matter. Literally yolo.”
“My cat is sitting on the side of my desk sleeping. Do you think she’s pondering her impact on the universe? I can’t say for sure, but I doubt she is. I doubt most animals do so, which means that humans may be uniquely capable of such thoughts. I once read that consciousness allows us to “time travel” mentally – to reflect on the past and consider the future. This is both a curse and a blessing as it allows us to plan and to learn in ways that animals appear unable to do so. They do act on their futures (birds build nests, animals dig holes for dens, birds fly to different locations according to weather patterns, etc.), but they do it instinctually, not as a result of reflection or (seemingly) consciousness.
That doesn’t make us better, but it does raise a question. Why are *we* capable of such thinking? It’s unlikely to be totally random, though I would not be arrogant enough to say it’s the consequence of evolution (it might be a spandrel to be conscious, though it’d be a big one). Is your ability to torture yourself with the thoughts you’re having a random product or does that ability serve some purpose?
I think that part of what is happening with people in the current age is that they are so self-conscious about having a purpose that they do things like label them “superficial” and “delusional”. You don’t get to decide what purpose people have in life and whether it is something they made up to have meaning. We don’t know that we have a purpose. We also don’t know that we don’t. Once you stop judging everyone else and are ready, you can start freely exploring the possibilities for yourself rather than locking yourself in a box of despair because you’ve decided you are too smart to be fooled into believing anything like other people seem to do.
Incidentally, the reason you can’t “live in the moment” is because you’re not designed that way. Human consciousness doesn’t allow that, so don’t fight it, but I’d say it’s time to get out of the box mentally and consider a range of possibilities. People aren’t “blinded by” purposes. It is what allows them to realize their potential and act in life rather than sit around feeling that their lives are pointless. If it’s a fiction that allows them to act and be happy, then I’d say that’s fulfillment of human potential to create purpose from purposelessness.”