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What's the point?

So earlier today i was having an argument on existence in general with a friend of mine. We went on and on about this and that, he finally asked me what I thought is the point of life? to which I replied none. So he asked me to think of a sphere then asked me where is the point on this sphere? To which i replied none it's a sphere. He then said you're wrong, the sphere has infinite points but your perception is to distant and narrow to perceive them.
This made me think pretty deep about almost everything and i tried to think of something without a point. I then realized there is nothing without a point even the void of space which is essentially nothing still has a point. Because without that void everything would be together as a singularity like when the universe began. Then I realized the only thing that is pointless is what you perceive as pointless without having the knowledge of what its point is.
I eventually gave up on trying to think of something that was pointless as it was pointless. But it made me think of what other properties that a point possesses. I then realized every point has an end. I thought hmmm well does a car have an end? well yes it does when it breaks obviously but then what after that? what becomes of it after the end? what is the point of the end itself?
It then dawned on me that everything i could think of after it ended was reborn into something else. And everything is reborn even if it's not what it was originally. Now my previous example of a car wouldn't be the best as it would take a long long long time for it to decay to its elements and become one with the earth to wait another purpose unless, it was recycled. But everything is reborn into something else in one form or another.
Now i won't go that into my final thoughts on this as Ted wouldn't aprove. But with all these principles i asked what is the point of evolution, the universe and of god and what's their end? and what's their rebirth?


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    Jun 26 2013: I don't currently believe in an afterlife or a god, but I can give you some of my thoughts on what I think our purpose in life is. Put stimply, our purpose is to help others. All life forms (sound odd but w/e) main "point" is to advance their own species. For many, this means just procreating, but for humans I think it's a tad more expanded. Our point is to help others live better. You can accomplish this by creating something that improves lives (either saving them or saving their time, money, etc.) or by just serving them (from cashier to masseus to therapist to...). It could even be non-job related. Holding the door open for someone, just being in general a nice and generous person, any other ARK (act of random kindness) can all improve the lives of others.
    • Jun 26 2013: totally agree with you here i'm agnostic so i agree with atheist on almost everything. Because you're right the only reason our world is bad and causes pain is because of us if we were to change that it would end. But irrationality ignorance hate greed has such a deep rooted hold on humanity i believe humans will never see the end to it. I personally think it won't be until our next steps in evolution that we as a species realize this as a whole and do something about it.
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        Jun 26 2013: I've heard different definitions of what being an agnostic means, but never from an agnostic. What does it mean for you?
        • Jun 26 2013: well i got no idea what variations of agnostic you can get i though that was like having different variations of atheism? But I don't believe in any set or organized religion because all of them are just the blind leading the blind from knowledge from farmers thousands of years ago. I just look at life logically, a universe cannot come from nothing it had to be put there no way around that. now i believe there is a god but not one that hovers over you and if you think to yourself real hard he'll help your pet rover. No deff God is just some ultra advanced alien that has the knowledge of everything (infinite knowledge) but to think that this ultra power would care about a bunch of crying monkeys on a shiny blue rock is absurd. But from what i see it is illogical to think there isn't a god i even have a theory or two of where he came from but they are completely unprovable of course.
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        Jun 26 2013: Oh okay thanks! Some of my friends say that agnostic means you think there is a god but don't give a damn haha
        • Jun 26 2013: oh haha i saw that on south park that's what i thought for awhile too lol

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