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programwizard    100
I recently saw the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Allie asks Ray why God has put us on Earth, and this sparks a huge disscussion on what the meaning of life is. At first I dissmissed it as a funny little episode (and it was funny), but the more I thought about it, I started to take it seriously; what is the meaning of life? Why do I get up, go to school, come home, and then work on my games? Some people would say it's because being a hobo sucks, but I want something more. After several (serious) meditation sessions, I came upon the conclusion that the meaning of life is to fight evil. If you think about it, every "good" thing in life breeds happiness, which repels sorrow, which is just another derrivitive of evil. However, my logic may be flawed, and I would love to get your opinions. And please, no stupid answers (i.e. the meaning of life is to score with hot chicks). Shoot.

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jfclavette    1058
Have fun while it last. If there's an after-life, there'll be time enough to ask yourself the question there. If there isn't, well no one cares about the answer anyway.

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GreenToad    320
The "fighting evil" theory runs into problems when it comes to defining what is good and what is evil.

Personally, I think there is no single all encompassing answer to the meaning of life. I think life has as much meaning as you give it. My purpose in life is to continue living and to have fun doing it, and that's good enough for me.

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Hedos    674
Life has no meaning.
You can define a meaning which suits you, but that's as far as it'll go, it is completely subjective.

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kryat    685
Quote:
Hogarth Hughes: I know you feel bad about the deer, but it's not your fault. Things die. That's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it's not bad to die.
The Iron Giant: You die?
Hogarth Hughes: Well, yes, someday.
The Iron Giant: I die?
Hogarth Hughes: I don't know. You're made of metal, but you have feelings, and you think about things, and that means you have a soul. And souls don't die.
The Iron Giant: Soul?
Hogarth Hughes: Mom says it's something inside of all good things, and that it goes on forever and ever.
[Hogarth leaves. The Iron Giant lays back to look at the stars]
The Iron Giant: Souls don't die.

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LessBread    1415
The "Meaning of Life" was a popular Monty Python movie released in the early 1980's. It featured memorable songs like "Every Sperm is Sacred" as well as a host of skits concerning this most serious of questions.

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Phineas    241
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I came upon the conclusion that the meaning of life is to fight evil. If you think about it, every "good" thing in life breeds happiness, which repels sorrow, which is just another derrivitive of evil.


If what is good breeds happiness, and what is bad must be eliminated, how do we know which wordly things are good and which are bad? More specifically, what is something good? Is it a raise, a new car, or, even, a long period of time set aside for working on your game? What is something bad? Is it a terrorist, outsourcing, or EA games? Would you say these things are good and bad?

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programwizard    100
I still have trouble believing that the meaning of life is to just have fun with it; after all, if Heaven is the most perfect place in the universe, why didn't God just keep all souls up there instead of sending them down into these bodies, however short a time period it may be for? If you were in a place that was perfect, I think it would be pretty fun.

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Eelco    301
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And please, no stupid answers (i.e. the meaning of life is to score with hot chicks). Shoot.


ironically, thats quite close to the truth.

the meaning of life can simply be derived from its definition: definition: it multiplies -> meaning: multiplication.

ofcource you are free to step away from that definition and its implication, either by killing yourself or otherwise just not multiplying, and redefine the meaning of your life. it is quite pointless though.

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programwizard    100
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If what is good breeds happiness, and what is bad must be eliminated, how do we know which wordly things are good and which are bad? More specifically, what is something good? Is it a raise, a new car, or, even, a long period of time set aside for working on your game? What is something bad? Is it a terrorist, outsourcing, or EA games? Would you say these things are good and bad?

I would define good things as things that bring happiness without taking it away at the same time, and evil things as things that either take away happiness, or give it, but take some away from another place at the same time.

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Instruo    373
Though I know that there are some on here that would disagree, I believe there is a clearly defined purpose for human life. One of the greatest things I've learned in the process since becoming a Christian is that God does indeed have a plan and a desire for our lives. This may not be the popular opinion, and undoubtedly some people will completely disregard or become inflamed by me simply using the "C" or "G" words, but this is the Truth as I've lived it. Anyone willing to look into this more should check out this link; it's some sample chapters from one of my personal favorite book about learning the live the Christian "Purpose Driven Life". Enjoy!

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Mage2k    336
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The "Meaning of Life" was a popular Monty Python movie released in the early 1980's. It featured memorable songs like "Every Sperm is Sacred" as well as a host of skits concerning this most serious of questions.
Wasn't that the one with the skit about the teacher (John Cleese, I believe) who, for sex-ed, brings in his wife for a live demonstration for the class? That was freakin' hilarious.

Mage2k

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Eelco    301
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The "Meaning of Life" was a popular Monty Python movie released in the early 1980's. It featured memorable songs like "Every Sperm is Sacred" as well as a host of skits concerning this most serious of questions.
Wasn't that the one with the skit about the teacher (John Cleese, I believe) who, for sex-ed, brings in his wife for a live demonstration for the class? That was freakin' hilarious.

Mage2k


yes

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programwizard    100
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Though I know that there are some on here that would disagree, I believe there is a clearly defined purpose for human life. One of the greatest things I've learned in the process since becoming a Christian is that God does indeed have a plan and a desire for our lives. This may not be the popular opinion, and undoubtedly some people will completely disregard or become inflamed by me simply using the "C" or "G" words, but this is the Truth as I've lived it. Anyone willing to look into this more should check out this link; it's some sample chapters from one of my personal favorite book about learning the live the Christian "Purpose Driven Life". Enjoy!

A few pages in and I already dissagree with something; I don't think God directs our lives. After all, if everything we were going to do was set in stone, why give us the ability to think at all? Why not make us soul-less golems who continuously marched God's goal?

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Eelco    301
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If what is good breeds happiness, and what is bad must be eliminated, how do we know which wordly things are good and which are bad? More specifically, what is something good? Is it a raise, a new car, or, even, a long period of time set aside for working on your game? What is something bad? Is it a terrorist, outsourcing, or EA games? Would you say these things are good and bad?

I would define good things as things that bring happiness without taking it away at the same time, and evil things as things that either take away happiness, or give it, but take some away from another place at the same time.


so for instance, buying your friend a meal would be evil, as you diverted that money away to a completely useless cause (assuming he lives in the western hemisphere) that could well have saved a human life?

oh i had almost forgot: good and bad are bullshit self-serving concepts that have no bearing on the world around us at all.

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programwizard    100
No, buying a meal when the money could have been used to save a life is good; assumming your refering to some poor, poverty-stricken hurricane victim, or any other homeless person, there was never happiness there to begin with; and even if there was, buying a meal would not directly effect that person. I believe that your intentions dictect your light/dark orientation, not the aftermath, which is usually totally unintended.

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Stonicus    157
There is no meaning to life. Why do you go to school and go to work? To obtain money and make your time here comfortable. To survive in a pre-established society and culture in which you had no input in, and have no choice but to play by their rules or have an uncomfortable time on this planet.

Religion? Whatever floats your boat. If religion makes your time here happy and comfortable, go for it! In that capacity, I support religion. In that capacity, I support anything that makes you feel OK with your own mortality and/or makes your time here not a constant agonizing struggle.

But in the end, we're just a happening, a random occurence, and I see no greater plan in it other than that.

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JohnBolton    1372
Life is like a box of chocolates...

The thought of a life with no meaning gives most people the willies. That's why God was invented -- as a way to avoid those uncomfortable thoughts.

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