.. That would take away the time period of the second generation re-living what the first did, but then you’d have a bunch of experience-less people, with no curiosity or incentive of their own. That’s no good. It would be even more worse that what’s going on now. At least now, we experience and learn for ourselves, instead of simply doing what we’ve been told is the ‘right thing to do’.
Even if we did learn from our mistakes through the generations, there’s only so many mistakes to be made on a personal level. Then what? Will God wipe our slates clean anyway, as if we had died and lost all our knowledge? Or do we get a whole new set of things we must learn? If those were out options, I would strongly propose that we barge into God’s office and tie him up. Let us work the controls for a while, eh? Another popular belief to the reason of life, is to ‘find yourself’. This one, I find particularly amusing. If the point in life, is to ‘find’ ones self, what has one been doing until this point in time? ‘Not knowing’ ones self? Pretty impossible..It’s the first thing anyone learns. After that has been accomplished, we then find it a bit easier to interract with others, and understand them. For someone to tell me that they’ve only just ‘discovered’ themself, I tend to wonder what exactly they’ve been doing for all the years they’ve been around.
I understand that people, all of a sudden, can recognize a new side to themselves. It was always there though, they just weren’t giving it much thought and/or priority to understanding it. Besides, even if people really did all of a sudden, ‘discover’ themselves, how is THAT the point of life? Perhaps it may be a significant development in their life, but that’s not the point to LIFE, as in the big picture. You know… existence, filled with so many other people.
If everyone understood the point to life as being born, living, discovering their self, then dying, isn’t that a rather arrogant and self-centered pointless world? I think it would be. I do not wish my opinions to shout out at people, ‘THERE IS NO POINT…DIG YOURSELF A HOLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE’. Killing yourself, you see, is equally as pointless as life (if anyone thinks of any new theories, please let me know). Don’t be depressed, I have not been talking about ‘life as we live it’. That, is completely different, more relevant and more meaningful.
It is important to live (we have no other option), to hopefully enjoy the ride, and also interract positively with others that are doing the same thing. Other people, bring new perspectives and ideas into your mind. New influences, ideas and experiences that cause us to learn and become more rounded and hopefully less arrogant and ignorant. We never know what will happen next. Everything is brand new to us, until after we have experienced it.
We can’t predict exactly what will happen, when, where and why. That’s what makes it rather fun, living day to day like that. Even though I believe life to be ultimately pointless, we are existing whether we like it or not. Because we really have no say in the matter, or choice about what ‘being’ (celestial, human, critter, algae etc) we get to be, to ‘play the game’, we really should find some way to reach happiness. However you may define happiness.
Perhaps it’s being alone and secluded from the world? That would actually be even more pointless, but…I have no say in the matter, and if that’s what makes you happy, that’s the best thing you can do. For most of us though, we enjoy interracting with others, and receiving input other than our own. So there is a point to day to day life, and that will have to be enough, until a true reason for life has been established and you get to play a part in it. Happiness, is all we have at the moment to strive towards. So, cling on to it! Once you reach a state of happiness, enjoy it, and share it with everyone you know.
Who knows, they may be long over due! Love is the secret of happiness and is the most important element in our existence. Giving our love to others, always comes back to us. Perhaps not in the way we expect, but it comes back in a way that will make our lives richer and more meaningful. Love has a power to connect us with other people and allows us to be the best we can be. And then there’s love for the animals, a beautiful sunset, and, of course, love for the world we live in (who knows, maybe if we all felt love for the world we live in at the same time, something exciting ‘might’ happen. Aw well..) Is it better to be ignorant, or intelligent, when the realization hits that life is virtually meaningless? Perhaps it would be better to be a dog, oblivious to the concept of a meaning to life (I’m not talking about them giving love to their owners..but the bigger picture).
Would you prefer to know there was no big plan, and have your bubble burst, or would it be better for you not to know at all? I say, it’s better to know. Then, you can get on with doing other things. You might say it makes no difference, but with intellect, you have the capacity to do different, and more challenging things with the understanding that you stand alone in this world, unique and irreplacable. I hope I have not upset anyone terribly with my thoughts on the matter. I am comfortable with my conclusions, am happy with my life, and do not need counselling.
*indignant* There is a point to day to day life, but with the ‘big-picture’ major faults and queries just jump out at me. Perhaps a little disappointed at the lack of celestial preparation, but… Philosophy.