Without Purpose

If the purpose of life cannot be established, then we can only place arbitrary values on things. In other words, without a standard to measure against, we cannot claim that a true value exists for anything.

What this means is that we’re all of equal value, our decisions are of equal value, and our paths in life are of equal value. Without knowing life’s purpose, it’s invalid to say someone or something or some scenario is worth more or less than another.

On an individual level, this means that there are no bad choices, no reasons to regret, no wrong turns. Simply put: we don’t know why we’re here, so we don’t know what’s good or bad in the long-term.

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8 thoughts on “Without Purpose

  1. This is a nice sentiment but I can’t see how it could be true. “our decisions are of equal value”, “there are no bad choices, no reasons to regret, no wrong turns”….this is inconceivable to me. Among the many choices mankind makes are the unseemly ones: choices to torture, kill, victimize, use, abuse, steal, lie, deceive and hurt. I can not conceive of labeling the large atrocities of history as well as my offenses as anything but wrong. Perhaps you have other thoughts on this that I haven’t run into yet, I’ll keep looking! :)

    • Some thoughts in regards to your comment:

      One point to consider is whether we’re capable of making any choices at all. Do people have the ability to direct their actions, or are we compelled to do what we do? And if we’re compelled to do what we do, then there’s no reason to become distressed over what we can’t control.

      Another point to consider, is that we must look at the larger picture. Why perversion, injustice, torture, and sadness? Because honor, justice, goodness, and bliss. Without a pit, there is nothing to rise out of.

      And honestly, we have no idea why we exist or why things are the way they are — so it’s not fair to life to call anything “bad” — we don’t know what’s bad or good. Perhaps in the grand scheme of it all, the things we thought were bad were good.

  2. I do believe it is beneficial to get out of our brains sometimes…I know I need to. :) Still it is fun to exchange ideas….

    If we are not capable of making any choices we are either predestined by another source to do as we do or we are ‘mindless matter’ merely reacting to the stimuli around us in automatic ways. The second does not ring true with the reality of experience. The truth seems most likely in between the two. I understand some of the theories out there would say that the belief that we have a will is only illusion, but I personally do not agree with them.

    As to your second point, acknowledging the spectrum of human behavior itself exposes naturally that at some point the spectrum changes from desirable to not. In your response, unwittingly or not, you categorized between one side and another. Where does this notion come from? The notion of good and evil is, I believe, intrinsic to our being, that defies matter and earthly explanation. The suggestion, as you hinted to, that evil is actually good, and good evil, reflexively repulses most.

    Finally, I do have an idea why we exist because I do not feel constrained to only my thoughts. My thoughts are limited and blinded by my own knowledge, experiences, desires, presuppositions and pride and so I do not find it a weakness to consider something outside of myself as being true. Rather, I consider it a strength. If I stay locked up in my thoughts I can never go farther than my own clarity…or confusion.

    I’ve had fun bantering. I always admire those who think about life instead of passively partaking. Thanks for entertaining me!

    • Some more thoughts:

      Instead of getting out of my head, I prefer pruning the negativity and making my head a pleasant place to stay. As a thinker, I can’t seem to leave, so I might as well make it nice in here.

      In essence, I’m trying to point out that there is no such thing as “good” or “bad”. For instance, Is pain bad? What if it leads to growth or learning? In the short-term, and on the surface, things like “good” and “bad” appear to exist — but deeper down, they tend to blend together. I’m not saying that good is bad and bad is good, I’m saying that below the surface, there is really no distinction.

      We can remove the debate about the concept of “free will” in the spiritual sense. In the casual, everyday sense, we do not have control over things such as: where we’re born, what our physical features are, what random thoughts come into our heads, what drives us to do what we do, who our family is, how we’re raised, the state of society and the world, or the actions of others. In other words, the choices we can make, due to circumstances beyond our control, are limited at best. And because of these limitations, the only genuine choice we have, in my opinion, is whether we see the world as “perfect” or “imperfect”. But, one path leads to satisfaction with life, the other to dissatisfaction — so is there really even a choice to be made?

      As to the reason why things are what they are, I’ve grown comfortable with the idea of my own permanent ignorance. I don’t believe we’re capable of perceiving the world’s true state. To me, life is more of a commingling of imaginations, rather than a concrete rock. And because of this, life cannot be taken as it appears, it’s more whimsical than that.

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