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MrHellstorm17

What's the meaning of life in your opinion?

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Whether or not it's done consciously, everyone makes their own meaning, imo.

 

Although I don't pursue these things with with constant rigid dedication (since I think it would burn me out), I derive a lot of meaning from learning new things and experiencing new.. uh, experiences. Also, music!

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I have no idea lol, this shit is complicated

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I know not what I am meant for, I know not what I must do, all I know that I have decided it is my duty to make this world a better place...

 

...It's a work in progress, I'll start some day I swear.

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I think a lot of people want to be happy as their main goal in life. I disagree with that stance.

 

Id like to be contempt. How I see it, being contempt is so much easier and more realistic to accomplish than to be happy all of the time. Id say all people, regardless of social or economic class, arent happy 100% of the time.

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Help your fellow human, lift each other up, and always try to make the world better even if it seems pointless or impossible, and even if your contribution is unfathomably small. Live virtuosly, and be humble. You don't have to be a saint, you just gotta try and be your best. I know all of this sounds sappy, but I've come to learn it's the truth.

 

Pessimism, nihilism, social darwinism, excessive cynicism and mistrust, those are not only draining, but a waste of time. Such beliefs only serve to make you, and by extension, mankind stagnate in a status quo that isn't particularly good for anyone.

 

I'm not bullshitting, once you start having a more positive outlook on life, it feels like meaning and purpose just come back in naturally. New experiences stop being intimidating, people stop being scary. Of course, evil will still exist in the world, and you have to recognize that, but you will also learn that it's not nearly as ubiquitous as you thought.

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To experience the life itself, happiness, pain, anger, all shebang. It's the opposite of nonexistence to just live.

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Making memories.

 

Think of it. You're on your deathbed, and you look back on your life. You've experienced so much in your life, made good and bad memories. You've had lifelong friendships, but also made horrible decisions. You made children and they grew up, but also struggled at rock bottom.

 

The only true thing that fulfills you in life are memories. Memories give you a reason to live. And are a good reason to peacefully pass away without regrets, knowing you've lived as a human.

 

And for you pessimistic guys ready to fling dung at me á "But I'm living a shit life, you fraud!", I don't want to pretend to be these snot-nosed Instragram Business guys selling you some $600 Alpha Programme, I'm just some guy. One thing however is always certain, there will always be another day. It will get better. Don't let yourself tell otherwise, you're lying to yourself.

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Imo:
Meaning of "Life" - nothing.

Meaning of "My Life" - nothing.

Goal of "Life" - nothing, maybe reproduction. But since life itself is unconcious I'd debate this.

Goal of "My Life" - a ton, long and short term goals and also always improving and finding better goals to work for.

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Make up your own damn mind. In the meantime were stuck here together.

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3 minutes ago, DynamiteKaitorn said:

In a literal sense? Sex.

For others? I guess just finding someone to spend the rest of their lives together and being happy.

It's a truism, don't you think?

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I'd have a hard time coming up with a rationale for the existence of myself or anyone else, but in terms of the best way to live it, I'd probably advocate for hedonism in the sense that the best way to live is by maximising pleasure, of course what that means or how you want to go about it is going to depend on the individual.

P.S. you ever noticed how people who are extremely uptight about living the 'right' way are never happy themselves?

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1 hour ago, nue said:

I think a lot of people want to be happy as their main goal in life. I disagree with that stance.

 

Id like to be contempt. How I see it, being contempt is so much easier and more realistic to accomplish than to be happy all of the time. Id say all people, regardless of social or economic class, arent happy 100% of the time.

Uhmm don't you mean content, because if you mean contempt then that might be quite a shitty life to live.

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I don't think there's any objective answer to that, we all need to make our meaning. And, let it change over time. 

I have serious doubts you can come to some satisfying logical conclusion, it's more about your world view, more about the vibes. 

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3 minutes ago, Sena said:

I'd have a hard time coming up with a rationale for the existence of myself or anyone else, but in terms of the best way to live it, I'd probably advocate for hedonism in the sense that the best way to live is by maximising pleasure, of course what that means or how you want to go about it is going to depend on the individual.

P.S. you ever noticed how people who are extremely uptight about living the 'right' way are never happy themselves?

What if you fail to fulfill your needs that bring sense to your life? What to do then?

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1 minute ago, Sena said:

I'd have a hard time coming up with a rationale for the existence of myself or anyone else, but in terms of the best way to live it, I'd probably advocate for hedonism in the sense that the best way to live is by maximising pleasure, of course what that means or how you want to go about it is going to depend on the individual.

P.S. you ever noticed how people who are extremely uptight about living the 'right' way are never happy themselves?

Pleasure is a very slipery slope, because each human being derives it from different actions.

Some humans feels pleasure when listening to music others when skinning other human beings, so pleasure by itself is a very bad maxim.

 

The best thing is to be content and that is usualy achieved by having just enough material needs (good home, enough money) and spiritual (good social life, family, friends) with haveng excess in either category.

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2 minutes ago, MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai said:

The best thing is to be content and that is usualy achieved by having just enough material needs (good home, enough money) and spiritual (good social life, family, friends) with haveng excess in either category.

I think you're right. But what if you don't have any ot these?

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2 minutes ago, MrHellstorm17 said:

I think you're right. But what if you don't have any ot these?

Good question! These things as we know are of course not given to all equaly which prevents those less fortunate to lead fullfiling lives.

 

I think it's a duty of those who are content and more so of those who have an abundant excess to help those in need. This how primitive societes used to function and it was done to create a goodwill in a group.

The problem of course arouses as groups become more bigger and complex with more rigid social hiearchies.

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6 minutes ago, MrHellstorm17 said:

What if you fail to fulfill your needs that bring sense to your life? What to do then?

I wouldn't know, guess you could try and pursue religion or travelling the world or the other things people usually do at times like that, but at the very least I'd imagine you'd have to experiment and figure it out for yourself since there's no one size fits all solution

11 minutes ago, MS-06FZ Zaku II Kai said:

Pleasure is a very slipery slope, because each human being derives it from different actions.

Some humans feels pleasure when listening to music others when skinning other human beings, so pleasure by itself is a very bad maxim.

 

The best thing is to be content and that is usualy achieved by having just enough material needs (good home, enough money) and spiritual (good social life, family, friends) with haveng excess in either category.

When I said that, I was mostly thinking of Epicureanism, a word which has taken on a new meaning in the past few hundred years that has distorted the actual idea behind it, but its original founder emphasised the importance of restraint and simple living - in particular he said that the pursuit of wealth, power and what we would now call conspicuous consumption should be completely avoided as they are vain desires that don't actually lead to happiness, even if they are things a lot of people nonetheless still desire and think will make their lives better

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10 minutes ago, Zopawa said:

the meaning of life is to play doom!!!!

I don't think playing doom can be considered a basis for one's existence. Doom's good, but not that good

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1 minute ago, Sena said:

When I said that, I was mostly thinking of Epicureanism, a word which has taken on a new meaning in the past few hundred years that has distorted the actual idea behind it, but its original founder emphasised the importance of restraint and simple living - in particular he said that the pursuit of wealth, power and what we would now call conspicuous consumption should be completely avoided as they are vain desires that don't actually lead to happiness, even if they are things a lot of people nonetheless still desire and think will make their lives better

Yeah I'm familiar with him and his school of thought though I think I still preffer Democritus and his ethical teachings (well at leats what little we know about them) and Aristotles ethics.

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life is meaning less (not in an absurd sense) we are just animals with big brains which Complicate things sometimes....

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I think life has no meaning. What I want to achieve with mine? The only things I hope for are to spend the rest of my days peacefully with the people I love, with a job I like that gets me the the amount of money I need, and creating, creating and creating. Wether is a doom map, a drawing, a song, an animation... Art is my passion. I feel the need to keep creating something all the time.

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I think there is no meaning to life/anything except for what you ascribe to it. Some view this as pessimistic but I think it's great to be able to pick and choose what matters to you.

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The meaning of life, well, the clue is in the name. The meaning of life... is to live. To experience, learn, and grow.

 

I often refer back to a great line on Angel: "If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do, because that's all there is." Yes, everything goes away in the end and nothing lasts. But that doesn't matter. Because in the moment you did something special - created something, helped someone, formed a great memory your friends and you will laugh about 20 years later - it mattered then. And that's enough. The moments matter. The memories matter.

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