[quote=dolffn]I have heard little on atheistic life purpose and would love to hear comments from an atheist on the subject. It would be interesting to theorize where the idea of purpose of living even came from.
That would be interesting, but it seems rather unnecessary in the face that we exist, reason or not.
It seems that the survival of humans is the basic purpose driving us in the context of a godless universe. One must wonder what end we are trying to survive to obtain?
Have you ever considered the possibility there is no purpose, end, or goal of humanity? Except, perhaps, that which we prescribe to ourselves.
Would we be hoping to evolve into space flying mutants at some point down the road? Even then, it doesnt make sense to dwell on the future existence of other beings when as an individual, one would simply cease to exist and nothing from that point on would have any meaning to them. The fate of their children and children’s children would be meaningless to a being that no longer exists. Now considering that everything is meaningless after death implies that the temporary pleasures in life were in effect meaningless too because they lack permanancy. I mean, what do you care about a tasty cheeseburger you had when you were 16 after you no longer exist. For that matter, that cheeseburger (yes I like cheeseburgers) doesnt mean much even a week later.
A rather disturbing slippery slope you have there. When I die, humanity will continue on. My death doesn’t stop that. And, keeping that in mind, I can do what I can, now, to help humanity continue on. My existence may not have a global effect, but it can have a local effect, and it’s indeterminable what that effect will have (if anything). To completely render my life, and all of existence, completely meaningless in terms of not caring, is to be a naysayer. My life does not need an ultimate direction or purpose to make me happy. I enjoy the cheeseburger, I enjoy sex, I care about my family and my friends. Why is it that simply because I don’t believe a supernatural being is behind all of this, that it therefore is completely void of value or meaning? It isn’t. But I do ask - how significant is ONE cheeseburger in the grand scheme of your life? Stubbing your toe on the parkway? Banging your elbow on the table? Not very meaningful, but that doesn’t differ from an Atheist to a Christian, except perhaps the expletive they scream out in pain.
At any rate, I am more than anything looking for info or even resources on the idea of atheistic life purpose. This is a subject of some curiousity to me.
I’m not so much a resource, by I have no purpose other than to be.
I would also like to note that atheists should feel free to pray to God to make Himself known to them on occasion, as an atheist doesnt really have anything lose if they are wrong. If nothing else, think of it as an expiriment.
I invite you to pray to the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and She has some of her Horny Wisdom to impart upon you. You have nothing to lose, as she does not laugh out of spite, and if you feel embarassed, She will give you a hug.
Maybe that can put into perspective how absurd to an Atheist it would be to pray to something they do not even believe in, in the first place.