As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this.

I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling".

But as a non believer can your life have meaning and purpose without god?

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Yes. Humans need for a perfect life without religion and ideology.
Well do not need religion, but religion is more help to do bad things.


Purpose . to live. and learn... and enjoy. meaning. yeah i give whole dollars to homeless that have grown post both bush and scott regimes of prison industry and opiates disgusting...

I gave 1$ to a couple with kid in stroller at the exit of a chase bank nxt door to a starvation i mean salvation army... 

he said gbless thank given' etc.. i said "no god here man, just good...

right - no god here ... good response SecularCortex

it is possible to have a purpose with no god. my purpose is to help as many people as a can, and to do my best to help the world be a better place, before I die. I don't need a god to have a purpose or to do good. someone in need of help is enough for me.

Helping people is a good purpose Romelo - thanks for the reply

It might be good to ask if a purpose is either necessary or even whether it is a good idea. Having a purpose provides your life with a narrative. Committing to a purpose can guide you through decisions and keep you going through rough patches. However, if you commit to a purpose which then becomes impossible, you may conclude that your life is worthless.

I knew a mathematician who decided to dedicate his life to solving a famous problem. He worked hard and long, but he could not find the solution. His career and his life were ruined and he went into a deep depression. Not a good thing at all.

Life has the meaning that one assigns to it.  The most common lack is not a shortfall of meaning but a shortfall of time to do all that one wishes to do, regardless of one's religious beliefs.

The hope is that each of us realizes, before we reach our deathbed, that all the possessions, status and attention we hunger for is really for not. If they are the importance to you then that is all there is. To live a pleasurable life is only half the story. It matters to you solely and it dies with you.

Then there is the effect you had on those around you. Did you live an exemplary life? Were you even "aware" of your actions - aware of the WHY you did what you did? Did you demonstrate to others that one needn't be a competitive brute to find peace.

It is the positive effect you had on everyone else that changes the fabric of humanity and pushes all forward. This is the external meaning of your life. It is your afterglow that survives you. To not care for and nurture it is truly a waste of one's life.

The way Viktor Frankl put it is that it is not so much us asking what is the meaning of life, but rather is life that is asking us the question, what meaning we can make of it.

I would counter with "As a believer, can your life have purpose and meaning?"

Isn't the whole purpose of most religions to live this life for the next?  I maintain that atheists value life much more than believers.

Yes and thank you Ken and I would agree with you.

As Atheists we do value life more because we have only this one life. We live for the here and now and not for the after life.

The time is coming, it has already come, when the imposture which offers us a verbal negation of the present life with the aim of preparing for a future state, and the recognition of a personal animal existence as life, and a so-called duty as the business of life—the time has come I say, when this imposture becomes apparent to the majority of men. —Tolstoy

Believers claim that their purpose is to worship (whatever that means) their imaginary friend, praise and flatter his enormous ego.  In other words, be puppets.

On the other hand, we each create our own purpose...something that "floats our boat."  One of the many things I have enjoyed was entertaining other people, especially when I was part of a 36-person chorus line.  It didn't matter that I was essentially anonymous; we smiled at the audience, and the ones we could see smiled back at us. That was enough  (Well, I was skating...and getting paid for it...loved that, too.)

I'm a very shallow person, but I've always been my own person, even when I was trying to be a believer.  I found out that I couldn't force myself to believe that crazy collection of unbelievable stories, so I tossed it.


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