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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.

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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: The universe is here for no reason other than nothing is unstable and instability will eventually create a universe
    We are here for no reason other than near by stars exploded causing shock waves in 2nd or 3rd generation star material that allowed the creation of terstrial planets around a rather unspectacular sun
    Humans are here for no reason other than a big rock hit the earth 65 million years ago otherwise you would be a dinosaur pecking out your question using an opposible talon on a computer (probably not an Apple, more likely a Meat)
    LIfe in general is here because there is energy to use and life will always find a way to use some energy left in the system. (this is in contrast to many members of my family whom apparently are not driven to use any energy at all)
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      Jan 1 2013: So you are here for no reason other than because I don't know what star exploded some millions of years ago .
      I'm wondering how can a person with such perception (as long as he is enough aware of his perceptions) have a stable life : why not kill for example , because the star exploded ? so what ?
      • Jan 1 2013: Does having some arbitrary reason for existence cause ethics to exist? What would be a good enough existential reason for you to not kill? Would the arbitrary opinion of a being more powerful than us be enough for you?
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          Jan 1 2013: What are you impling ?

          All I'm saying is that a certain view of life may cause instability (like the one above if fully understood) .
      • Jan 1 2013: When I was a small child, I was afraid of the dark. When I got older, I realized that there was nothing in the dark to be afraid of.
        I get my moral code from the same place that everyone else does. I create it myself. No one takes their moral code from any place or document, its always an internal source. They may claim otherwise but thats just because they are still afraid.
        Your question indicates that you have never thought about it to any great depth because you have the same delusion many do, that morality is provided by an external source. It is not.
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          Jan 1 2013: Gordon Barker :

          I'm just impling the good and the evil transcends us (not that the morality is provided by an external source or anything else ).............. why are we here ? look a part of our beings - the ethics that transcends us , then why you say there is no reason for our existence ?

          What about you were created too ? by the people you lived with , by the culture of the country you live in...... what about it ? In the end you were created by the star , right ? why this ? or you just stop at the star moment ? What right do you have to do that ? (the people impotence to do that is not a reason) .
      • Jan 1 2013: Morals and ethics can and do come from our culture and upbringing. However, even though many of use share a common culture and similar upbringing, there still exists a wide range of behaviours from saint to sociopath. This lead me to believe that we decide how we are going to be more than we have it imprinted on us.
        Why do you feel that not having a reason to be here causes instant instability.
        I decided a long time ago to change my world view to suit the evidence (to the best of my understanding) rather than hold on to outdated precepts regardless of how comforting.
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          Jan 2 2013: Well , it's a bit contradictory to talk at the same time about 'we decide ... or we chose' and 'have it imprinted on us' . We are what we are because of the whole universe (and not only maybe) , there isn't too much 'option of choosing' here .

          In my opinion you did very well to change your world view to fit the evidence , but what you do when there are no eveidence ? or when you just get at the end of the line ? ...... this is the case with the question 'why are we here' ? right ? so what you do ? you just stop ? it seems so . Partialy that's why I"m feeling that not having a reason to be here causes instability .
          'I'm here only because a star exploded long time ago' , how do you feel about it ? are you all right with it ? I'm not , it's too trivial ,it's too empty of importance ...... .
      • Jan 3 2013: I suppose I should have asked at the start of this thread ..why do you find a non-directed existence confusing (or whatever your real question is)
        The implication here is that you prefer a directed existence which is usually phrased as ...my creator has a plan for me
        If this is the case, what do you do when you want this but the creator doesn't really talk to you so you don't know if you are doing what you are supposed to.
        If you think your creator talks to you perhaps YOU should be looking for better evidence
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          Jan 3 2013: I'm arguing only against the view that we are here with no ultimate purpose ( your view ) . You really seem to think that science is on your side , in my opinion it is not . I'm rather arguing for this opinion than for the existence of a Creator with a 'big plan for me' , ok ?

          Science ask questions, there will never be sufficient evidence to understand everything about us and our universe , I think at this point 'to believe' is the most right thing a person could do .
          To just remain in the bounds the evidence creates , to not use the all capacities an human being have (like this wonderful ones ' to trust' , 'to have faith ' ) ......... to do this things is against science and unhuman .

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