JaeHun Shin

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What's the purpose of your life? What does that mean to you?

Living a life has many purposes and meanings depending on who you are and what you are interested in. As one of humans living in this planet, I would like to hear your goal and meanings to exist. Thank you:)

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    Jul 3 2012: Do a search of TED Conversations by typing-in "purpose of life". Why blaze a new trail when you have a paved highway nearby? You will find many comments which bear on your question.
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      Jul 7 2012: I truly adore your practical 'do not reinvent the wheel" way of looking at life, Edward.
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        Jul 7 2012: Thanks Debra. The truly difficult part of decision making for me is to know when blazing a new trail is called-for. When is it a good idea to go "outside the box"? In this case I am pretty sure JaeHun's question should be filtered-through all the previous answers given here on TED. Before I get busted ffor being off-topic, do you think a reinvented wheel is likely to become a reality, ever? Keep on keeping on.
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          Jul 7 2012: Edward, you simply and truly resonate with me. I am known for this expression at work. I will never understand why people assume every problem needs a brand new solution and that the problemnever occurred beofre. Wiser people than I have written how to aricles on every business problem in the literature somewhere - human factors, economics, Harvard press or psych lit. On top of it all - it will be an actually peer reviewed answer and not just a guess.
          I might get really excited by a really novel problem I just never seem to find them. As to your question. I do not know. I might like to pit myself against such a novel problem but I bet it would have a simple hybrid solution so NO - there would be no need to reinvent any wheels.
          And wheels are such great inventions I certainly do not think it would be me who would improve upon them.
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    Jul 6 2012: I think it is to reduce the sum total of human suffering by a tiny bit every day. It sounds lofty but pracrtically all it means is to be nice to people because you never really know what they are dealing with.
    • Jul 10 2012: Hi Debra,

      No wonder I find your comments so impressive. When I was young, I decided that morality should be based on a simple and obvious fact. I decided that fact was that there is just too much pain in this world. So I try to reduce it.
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        Jul 10 2012: Hello fellow person in this weird and wonderful quest! It thrills me to know that we are both nibbling away at this great task as we can - tht means that no matter how little we accompish in a day - it is always at least twice as much as we dared to hope! Unfortuately, though, you will have to do all of the whistling as I cannot whistle a single note.
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    Jul 4 2012: I believe that life is a test of love. Its about loving God, loving life, loving friends and family, loving your work, loving oneself, and even loving your enemy.

    It seems like a test of love because , apart from enemies, who seem to be very difficult to love, nature has its harsh sides, friends and families have their failings, one's work may become boring, God doesn't seem to be all 'goody goody' because of the circumstances He allows, and one may be ashamed of one's personal failings and weaknesses.

    All these, as far as I'm confirmed, is the real test of love.
    Because love is about patience, kindness, persistence, self-control, dedication or commitment. It's about accepting another, with their flaws and imperfections.
    It's about choosing the right path, and following it, against all odds.
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    Lejan .

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    Jul 3 2012: Hello JaeHun,

    this infinite question has finally been answered by Douglas Adams:

    quote: 42

    This may provoke some yet it proved quite ok for me.

    Beside this philosophical approach there is a more practically porpose of life given by nature itself, called reproduction. Sustaining once species in time, to widen up its gene pool and to follow the unspoken biological order given to all of us.
  • Jul 3 2012: The purpose of my life is whatever I feel like doing. At present, that includes learning and teaching. Will that change as time goes on? Absolutely. It changes minute to minute. I don't set arbitrary standards which will needlessly cause unhappiness in my life. I do what makes me happy.

    As for meaning of life, that is a non sequitur, analogous to asking what is the texture of nothing. What is the color of your life? How much does your life weigh? What is your life divided by 3? It is a nonsensical question.
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      Jul 3 2012: Hello Edward,

      I really like your examples and some of them can even be answered 'sensical' in a personal way. There might be a color of life for a synesthete, my life devided by 3 will be the third of the whole, and I just recently learned that there might be a texture of nothing within quantum mechanics. But I share your view, even though this question will stay with humankind to its final day.
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    Aug 3 2012: I want to leave behind me a more knowledgeable world. Through teaching others and helping the needy, I am content and happy with my life.