So very true Prem.
Religions only concentrate on the question of purpose, or Why?
Though there is no rational reason to seek a purpose to things like the universe, because it doesn't provide answers to how to live the life we have. A divine purpose for existence offers us nothing for living, nor any explanation of how to survive.
Theists cannot understand this, as they think purpose is more important than understanding the reality of the present.
Which means that they put Faith (pretending to know things they do not know) ahead of Knowledge.
I often wonder how they would cope if we gave them some spears or arrows and shoved them into a forest or jungle to fend for themselves.
They would suddenly come to a realization that knowledge of how to hunt and prepare food and survive is more important than worrying about whether their lives have a purpose.
DD, I very much like your thoughts about survival outweighing purpose.
I get the impression that some theists are stuck on this because in their circle of logic design implies a purpose which, in turn, proves design. Also, it's easier if your "purpose" is neatly set out for you than to determine it for yourself.
Personally I am focussed on contentment. I think the Epicureans had it right.
Michael, I agree that evolution dances with DNA to create a string of ever-changing life-forms. I also agree there is no god who assigns purpose or meaning. Because there is no evidence of god existing, and because Homo sapiens is a part of a DNA string, and although we are human and think of ourselves as superior to other apes, the reality is, humans are only 3% DNA different than the nearest ape. If there is no god, there is no assigned meaning or purpose. If there is no assigned meaning or purpose, it is the opportunity and responsibility of each human to define his or her own meaning and purpose.
Too many people let life just happen to them instead of choosing how they live. When you raise the question of purpose, everyone begins to think of big overarching questions, but often the mistakes we make are on a much more mundane level of not living deliberately every day.
Frittering away time on social media, even Atheist Nexus, does not always contribute to my well being. Spending money and time carelessly hurts you in the end. Letting friendships lapse and neglecting your health are common errors. If you can't handle the little things how can you expect to tackle larger issues in your life?
A good exercise is to try, just for one day, to do everything you do deliberately, consciously, intentionally—beginning with the smallest things in life. It may sound silly, but my day begins with making my bed, a thing I learned at home as a child and have done almost all my life. I do it deliberately so that it's neat and straight. That's a good start to the day.
Good advice Doc!
My god is music. I cherish it just like any Theist would cherish a crusifix. I fully believe your life is what you make it. Just because there isn't a god above looking down on you doesn't mean you life is worthless. Every one of us is stacked, completely chalk full of reasons to live. Don't let people tell you that you have no purpose. Those people are blinded by their so called god. I swear sometimes the most judgemental people are the ones sitting front row at their churches Sunday Mass. They pray to a god for guidance and peace, but yet they lash out on others because your ideals colide.