A lot of people can't handle the thought that there is no purpose to us being on this planet.
Wow judge56988 ! ... your whole last posting reflects exactly what I think.
It is also my experience, that a big percentage of people are not able to leave cetain questions unanswered.
Religion is a subject which has never been answered for me that way, that I can even think of accepting it as a possiblity.
Too many hypocrytical people who claim to have found the perfect answer while, at the same time struggle to lead their lifes.
Isn't that like someone trying to advise sombody else about something they don't know by themsleves ?
I just remember a neighbour who is unemployed for a while now and he told me that he finds it difficult to structure his free time available.
He needs to get a work assigned to him in order to feel useful agagin.
That's what apparently fills his life with sense.
Well, this is something I have difficulties to verify because my free time is rather too short than too long.
Meaning that I don't feel bored, even if I lived on a remote island.
He, for example, would die out of boredom I guess.
But alright, in order to feel empathy for him, I need to acknowledge that not everybody can manage their lifes independently.
Some people need one person opposite to them, to confirm their integrity and their value (?).
We humans are supposed to be a social bunch.
None of us is born as a single warrior, still it seems as if many are left alone as soon as it becomes complicated.
We have become a selfish society where families are replaced by households of singles or couples.
What happens to the parents ? They live seperate from their children, but why ?
Do they want it that way ? Having worked voluntary in a home for elderly, I know that they don't.
Hell, their children hardly ever come to visit them.
How many old people have died a sad and lonely death ?
Nobody cares about them and I wonder why ?
Do we only credit those who are proven to be useful ?
That would comply with our way of living, optimized to performance.
... They think that because we think and reason about things, there must be a reason for us to exist.
Yeah, where does this need originate I wonder ?
Some people need a constant stream of reassurance that they're more "worth" than others.
In fact, some people have the image of themselves in their heads, that they're world champions in what they do.
Why would they believe in something so unrealstic ?
Does it still wonder you, in what people are able to believe ?
... These same people can also not accept that when they die there will be nothing - no heaven, no hell, just nothing.
That they will cease to exist like the countless millions of people, animals, plants, microbes that have gone before.
In terms of the planet, and certainly in terms of the universe, humans are as nothing.
Insignificant in the scheme of things.
If humanity was to die out, the earth would continue quite happily, new forms of life would evolve and perhaps even intelligent life.
After the Permian extinction, 95% of all life on earth was wiped out, but from the 5% that survived, new life evolved.
Among that new life were dinosaurs and they in turn were wiped out 65m years ago to leave a void that was filled by mammals and ultimately us ...
There it is again. The urgent need to have the answer while there is none.
Wishful thinking and betraying not only themselves but everybody else around them.
Because if you wish it so much to be true, you might start pretending it was.
And that might make you feel comfortable that way that you just decide to keep it.
Yeah, you play a game.
The game is called "I know it's a lie but it feels so good".
Eric Berne has analyzed in deep about adults playing these and other strange "games".
... How can we be so arrogant as to think that we are the pinnacle of life and that a higher being created us? and indeed created the world for us?
It's absolute garbage to think that. The whole idea is so out of date, it comes from thousands of years ago when people did not understand why the world was as it was and they were scared of it. Some people are still scared of it, and of dying ...
I had a discussion with my foster mum (71) today, about the children of some neighbours of hers.
They are so well brought up that they seemed much more mature than appropriate / in average for their ages (5 and 11).
I said that in my opinion, age was not related to being elidgeble for respect.
If an old person appears very rude to me, I would not spend any respect due to his/her age.
On the other side, if a (very) young person appears mature and friendly to me, I'd respect this child with all courtesy I can offer.
Can we now conclude that being arrogant is like being immature ?
Therefore, does it make sense to say that adults (no matter the age) who have an attention deficiency, are nothing else but immature individuals who have stopped growing (inside) ?
Further, wouldn't that be an explanation for why THESE adults invent fairy tales to keep a myth alive as if it was fact ?
... Just live your life knowing that it's the only chance you are going to get and try to live it in as good a way as you can. Stay true to yourself and be fair to other people. go to your grave with a clear conscience and die content.
That's not to say that there is anything wrong with christian values, I think they do represent a good way to live by.
That's my philosophy anyway.
Well, I have found myself in every single word you said in this posting.
And for that, I'd like to thank you sir.