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Why are we here?

“It’s one of life’s great mysteries isn’t it? Why are we here? I mean, are we the product of some cosmic coincidence, or is there really a God watching everything? You know, with a plan for us and stuff. I don’t know, but it keeps me up at night.”

Ok, seriously though, why do we even exist at all. I know everyone has their own ideas including myself, religious or not, but can you put that idea or belief to the test? The test being why are we here, what is the reason we exist at all. And if you believe god created us, why does he exist. Similarly, if the big bang created everything, why and for what reason or purpose? I am rather curios to hear everyone else’s answer to this question.


Closing Statement from A Few Good Men

I think its clear below that we all have differing opinions on why we are here. I am very glad to see so much interest and discussion about this and I personally have expanded my own thoughts as to why we are here. I hope that everyone who's commented has also considered some of the differing view points too. Will there ever be a widely excepted answer to this question? Someday perhaps but I think for now, what each of us believe to be true is as good as knowing the actual answer. Thanks for your comments!

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    Dec 31 2012: We are here because we are not there. We are here for several purposes. We were born because our parents decided to have us, we fulfilled the purpose of bringing them the happiness they sought from us as babies, then we went on to bring them pride, and further on to become their emotional supports in thier old age. During this process we realized and developed other purposes, like helping others, giving love to others, protecting others, and becoming useful and contributing what we can to this world we share. Yet some choose to make greater contributions by building technology, buildings, systems, processes, that help make this world better and end up leaving behind something for others to develop further. Perhaps they believed that now that they are here, why ponder on "why?" and venture into "why not?" and by doing this we may realize or develop our own purposes, reasons and the answer to the "why?' eventually.

    Now that we are here and not here for ever... why not make it spectacularly fantastic and change things for the better as much as we can?

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