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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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  • Jan 2 2013: We are here because we are not somewhere else.
    This is only a moment and one can only be in the moment.
    If there is a consciousness of some kind after death, then the only place one will be, is in that moment.
    That's' all it is anyway, a conscious awareness of a now moment.

    That's all we have yet many try to travel into the past (which doesn't exist) or travel in to the future (which doesn't exist), and just thinking one can do this creates or causes pain and suffering. You can't actually travel to either of those "places".

    Nowhere is where we all are.
    There is no place to go. There is no destiny. There is only consciousness now, or no consciousness now.

    Nothing exists. Nothing at all. Everything just is.
    And now the present,
    Is, isn't.

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