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
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.
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.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics might seem a strange place to seek comfort from the horror of death and oblivion, but at least one individual did—the mathematician Norbert Weiner. He wrote:
“We are swimming upstream against a great torrent of disorganization...In this, our main obligation is to establish arbitrary enclaves of order and system...It is the greatest possible victory to be, to continue to be, and to have been. No defeat can deprive us of the success of having existed for some moment of time in a universe that seems indifferent to us.
Over all entropy increases, but within certain small frames in space-time, order can be made to prevail. What we have is now, the fleeting moment, in which to act against the overwhemling tides of disorganization which eventually win the day. They need not, however, win the moment. Religion, which readily admits defeat in arguing for a future state as the goal of life among its many lies, does not help, it hinders, but whatever you can do in the moment to preserve and enhance life—to establish and keep enclaves of order in the small time and space we have—is the right way to go.