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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 3 2013: I believe we are just one of the many species in this world that has been created for a specific purpose. Bees, tigers, insects etc are going about their given roles every day and so are we.

    To understand why there are groups of human beings doing different things everyday instead of the same thing since we are all human, let me use an analogy to explain.

    To me, different groups of humans are akin to the various types of cells in a tadpole egg; they may look the same structurally, but there is a group of cells in the egg that are programmed to eventually become the eye of the tadpole and another group of cells programmed to be the fin. I believe both these group of cells will never be able to see themselves as part of the tadpole. I don't think these cells will ever ask what their purposes are.

    I don't think it serves me any purpose to find out my purpose in this world because I will never know and I am not programmed to discover the purpose; for me those who claim they know are to me mere speculation/conjecture.

    Having said this, I do believe that there humans out there who are programmed to continue to want to discover where we are from .. I will just leave them to do so, while I continue my own "destined" journey.

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