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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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    Jan 2 2013: Had you simply asked "Why are we here?", this might have been a viable conversation, but instead, you incapsulated the question with the same old black and white arguments of God/No God. So why not just ask God/No God? and forego the existentialist "why"?

    As for the "we", neither you nor anybody else shall determine for me the why or purpose for my being here or anywhere. Nor I you.

    Therefore the real question is -

    Why are You here?
    • Jan 2 2013: I did simply ask "Why are we here?" And I would consider this a viable conversation. There’s no need to talk down this discussion. If people choose to answer based on whether there is or is not a god, that’s up to them not me. I just used the god vs. no god as examples of commonly argued points. Its up to those in the TED community to answer how they want. I think if you actually took some time to read the comments below you would find a lot more than just god vs. no god answers. And as for the "we" in the question, I want to know how people think we, meaning all of us, came to be here not just themselves.

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