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Farrukh Yakubov

Student, Purdue University


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How would you describe the purpose of life in one sentence?

What is the purpose of life? This is kind of a question where there is no exact answer, and it differers from one person to another. What is the purpose of life in your own understanding, from your own point of view? The answer might be a complicated and long, or concise and short. But how would you state it in one single sentence?


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    Feb 25 2011: I"m going to go with complicated and long. :)

    The purpose of an individual life is to be in service of and a part of the totality of Life which crawls through Time like a vine driven by a purpose which is beyond human cognition, but ultimately is aligned, more than not, with what we call the good, true and beautiful.

    Or maybe Life is just a simulation game with no purpose other than to be entertaining.

    Good question.
    • Feb 25 2011: Steve, I love your (first, ;-) ) answer and the wonderful imagery it brings to mind.


    • Feb 25 2011: I would go with your second one:

      The purpose of life is to experience as much as possible : good, bad, hot, cold, exciting, boring without discrimination, judgement or attachment.
      Really like a long day at the theme park from which we hopefully wake up on the other side richer for it

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