Sentient Biped said; "There are things I think I SHOULD do in life. I have a sense of responsibility, duty. It must come from within, but who knows why."
I too...feel a since of duty in my life! I think it does come from within but, not in a spiritual sense or beckoning that a divine being placed in me. I think that as a gradual developing species; after trial and error over all this period of time. We have developed a habit to constantly improve our current existance! If we could only obtain the ability to use all of our brain; then the real flourishing would unfold before your very eyes!
As God, no
As a theist can your life have purpose and meaning?
As a mental patient lost in a delusion can your life have purpose and meaning?
As an elephant can your life have purpose and meaning?
All of the aformentioned categories "feel" or can feel purpose and meaning. Is it less meaningful to live under false pretenses? I think so.
Ultimately purpose and meaning are meaningless. Life is but a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage. But that does not mean it cant feel like it amounts to something. On the other hand ALL THAT EFFORT FOR WHAT?
All that effort for what?
Surely you remember the Pandora's Box story, and the last thing out of the box.
That story requires no update.
Yes we have a purpose, nature give us one: Born, grow, reproduce and die. Anything else is fair game. I personally will add: "Be happy" and "Don't treat others the way you wouldn't like them to treat you", but that's just me!
Woa, your ancestors must have written the Bible, that's exactly what it says!
You are correct Write4U - theism is a dangerous illusion.
Yes, and as an Atheist we do acknowledge reality in all it's diversity.