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What Is the Reason We're Here?

...What is the reason we are here?

 —Jerry McGovern, Buellton, California


I think it depends on your spiritual beliefs. If you have a religion, it provides the answer. But if you don’t believe in a god, the question contradicts your thinking. Having a reason implies having a purpose, which indicates an intelligent being (or cognitive power, etc.) with intent. That’s what people call a god. So if you don’t believe a god exists, you can’t believe a reason exists. You must settle for assuming we got here through some natural process, and that’s that.

--Marilyn von Savant.


What Is the Reason We're Here?


Put a very important question
to a very intelligent person
and you will get an answer
that comes very close to being no answer.

Yet i think it is the right answer
even though it is no answer,
and it can be a satisfying answer
if i think about it long enough.

Every human being
is born into a society
that has a culture.
and every culture exists
(according to some anthropologists)
to answer 4 questions:
Who are we?
Where did we come from?
Where are we going?  and
Why are we here/

The answers seem different,
so different that some of us
are willing to kill others of us
because of those differences,
(Or maybe that's just an excuse.)

Implied in the question "why are we here?"
There is a second question:
What do we do about it?
And the answer to this question
is not a non-answer
but a very specific answer.

No matter who we think we are.
no matter where we think we come from,
no matter where we think we're going, and
no matter why we think we are here.

We are expected, in almost every culture
to treat each other well.

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reginaterrae
May. 30th, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)

"What is the reason we are here?" is a question that I have never found compelling. Likewise "what is the meaning of life?" I can hardly get my mind around questions like this at all. Whose reason? Which meaning? On what level? What absurd (to me) concepts to apply to something like life, that just "is".


Why not? I guess is my answer.


And as you know, I believe passionately in God.

bobby1933
May. 30th, 2016 03:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, i get your point. Its like the question: Why is there something rather than nothing? Well, if there were nothing, i would not be asking the question. But the question does get asked. I have asked it, and for a time, puzzled over it. Now i agree that it is less important than : Well, we ae here, so what do we do about it?

So, i'm two days early so, let me the first to wish you birthday greetings. May the coming year reward you with many blessings
reginaterrae
May. 30th, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. LJ oddly sent me a reminder of my own birthday, too -- I'm glad for LJ, but it can be a bit surreal at times!
amaebi
May. 30th, 2016 11:54 am (UTC)
With you on all points.
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bobby1933
May. 30th, 2016 06:09 am (UTC)
I agree, imppo
athgarvan
May. 30th, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
But how do YOU define 'love'?
bobby1933
May. 30th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I don't try to define love
it has already been overly defined.
I know it when i see it.
I know its absence when it is not there,

Would i lay down my life for my friends?
For strangers?
For my enemies?
For non-human animals?

If one of us has to suffer,
please, let it be me.
vaporw
May. 30th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Well written as always bobby
bobby1933
May. 30th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
:)
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