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Objectively defining the meaning and purpose of life

 
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02/22/2013 08:00 AM
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Objectively defining the meaning and purpose of life
When people ask "what is the meaning of life?" what they're really asking is what is the PURPOSE of life.

If they were really asking "what is the meaning of life?" they would be asking quite a different question. It would be more like "what do we mean by the word 'life'?" or "what is the definition of 'life'". Hence the word meaning.


To say that life has no meaning doesn't make sense, when you look at it this way. Infact, it's quite easy to come up with various useful definitions for the term 'life'. Normally, we mean 'human life', or 'the human condition' - "what is the meaning of life for us".

The meaning of life in this sense is quite simple - subjective experiences over a finite duration.


You can even make a mathematical formula for the meaning life:

Life = experience / time


But when you say life has no meaning, what you really mean is life has no purpose, no reason, no point.

And to that I put to you the following suggestion:

What else is there to do, other than to live a life?

The only other alternative is to be dead - i.e. NOT experiencing over time.


Death = time - experience


So, in this sense, there very much is a point, a purpose, a reason to life: to experience! Life is the only available activity! It's either be alive, or be dead. There's no middle ground. So the point, the purpose, the reason to be alive is that it's the only activity available.

If you lived in a room with no doors or windows, and the only object in the room besides you was a T.V. , at some point you're going to turn the T.V. on.

If you existed in a vaccuum for an infinite amount of time, and the only other thing than an eternity of black nothingness was to be alive, at some point you're going to be alive.



SO, there is a meaning to life, in both senses.

1. The meaning to life (in the most pedantic sense) is life = experience / time.

2. The meaning to life is:

Quantity of possible statuses = 2
possible statuses = a + b

a = alive
b = dead

If not a, then b. If not b, then a.


So there you go.

Nihilism is pointless - but so is everything else.
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Re: Objectively defining the meaning and purpose of life
lol so someone posts an empty "life stinks it's all meaningless we're just gunna die post" and you all jump on that, but completely ignore this? xD
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Re: Objectively defining the meaning and purpose of life
All true, except for not gaining any experience while being dead...even when you enter the void of unconsciousness, you still gain experience....just a different kind that will shape your future lives just as much as experience gained while living.
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Re: Objectively defining the meaning and purpose of life
Purpose = the goal at which action is directed.

Meaning = (a) the purpose explaining an action; (b) the concept denoted by a word.

The meaning and purpose of life are thus the same thing, using meaning in the sense of (a).

Life is a self-sustaining process involve a number of essential functions, like metabolism, homeostasis, etc.

Life serves no discernible goal beyond itself. It has no purpose or meaning beyond itself, viz. beyond self-maintenance, viz. beyond the operation of its functions.

The purpose of our actions is life, the maintenance of life specifically.

At all times, the question is: what objective phenomena give rise to the object in question. Thus, what phenomena give rise to the concept life, and to the concept purpose. I've suggested answers above, and suggested that asking for the purpose of life is a mistake. It is the phenomenon of life that gives rise to the concept purpose, where life is the basic goal of purpose.

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