I'm not sure if this should belong here or some philosophy forum or something, but I've posted a thread similar to this on a 'teenager's' forum, and I wanted to compare the responses to a more 'adult' forum (like this one!).
I can't see why humans live. Don't get me wrong, I'm not planning to suicide or anything, because I don't see any point in suicide! But I just don't see any point in humans 'living'? There's no hard, logical reason to this. It seems stupid to 'live'?There's paradox everywhere; especially in the realm of ideas/morals - ie, religion, beliefs, ideals. There's illusion everywhere. I'm starting to doubt human existence! (Wonder if that's all the brain or something...)
Anyways, don't want to go off-track; but was just interested in your responses to this question...:laughing:
Why do humans live? If it's for something, what is it?
Having fun, learning, being happy...Yeah, I'm pretty simple LOL
lol that's not being simple at all. Being joyous, happy, knowing those are the hardest things to achieve in life and being in those states doesn't happen often.:crazy: It's also a rather positive goal imo. :happy:
Everyone has a different answer to that question. I found purpose in exploring and creating. Exploring myself and my reality as well as create myself and the world over and over again. Life is full of illusions but nothing is a illusion really, everything matters if not to the universe then it matters to who you are and who you'll become. You see the illusion and the hypocricy in the world you live in. That is great! Maybe your purpose is to go further than what mundane misconceptions can offer. :wink: Only you can know. As blue butterfly said you'll find the answer if you keep asking. I can simply offer some encouragement to keep doing what you're doing but you'll be the one to walk the path at the end of the day.
Messy stream of consciousness:
I have given a great deal of thought to this subject. Most "explanations" people dole out revolve around things that promote more existence: like reproduction and longevity. I rarely find answers to anything that don't ultimately reduce to something related to existing more.
But why reproduce? Why exist at all?
It's not just with human beings. Why does life, in general, seek to continue existing? Why do non-sentient things like protozoa seem to be so hell-bent on continued existence? It's not like these simple organisms have any conscious deicision to continue existing, or even "feel good" in a primitive way that would further any impulse to exist.
Currently, I'm thinking a resolution to this lies with bridiging the gap between physics and biology. It is easy for people to see inanimate objects as having no "why" to their existence, but it's not so easy to do this with life. People don't ask "why" when dealing with scientific questions in the same sense that they do when thinking about life. I am thinking it might be easier to understand life's functions as emergent from physics and a very anomalous environment on earth.
Of course, even this is sketchy, since it requires a whole bunch of axioms and presuppositions about physics and biology, along with the assumption of abiogenesis, and I don't consider anything to be 100% certain.