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Junaid Hussain

Video Director, Citizens Archive of Pakistan

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What are we doing here in earth life? is this all real isn't it a thing like dream ? is there a life after this life?

Ever since i was a child i somehow knew it is a mystery it has infinity mysteries in it self in what we called a life. most of experiences and discoveries
are for someone something that has this mysterious object we called Brain. All of our lives we tried to find something that we don't know is exists or even
sometimes we don't even know what we have what is hopeful to get in a living thing life is love, passion, anger, happiness and a lot more but all of them
are feelings that we do have in our self's already we just wait for situations to spark those feelings. lets see sadness or cry like someone that you love
pass away it will make you cry sad or in a deep sorrow or even you knew that this would happen but it isn't gonna change the situation's scene your feelings
and all. what if something good comes up and goes away will it make you happy for in a bit of time or will it make you sad? lets see you wanted a Ferrari and you
get it one day your happy your riding it touching it having felling of having it hours later you woke up it was a dream but you were happy while you were having felling of having it but you want it in a reality so you can have it for a longer time and be happy for a longer time but even if you get it your gonna lose it or let it go one day
so was that time while you were dreaming was not enough time of happiness for you?

For most of the time we i had a dreams last night how do i know cause i woke up from it it was for a short time and now i am here in reality for a longer time. So the life we are living now will not be here i mean we are not going to live forever so maybe when die we weak up some where where we have a longer period of time life so is it also a dream that we are living?

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  • Dec 26 2011: Junaid,
    These questions exist since beginning and will remain until science gives you the answers as philosophy and religion have both failed in this endeavour. In the meantime, however, you should know that mind is amazing at resolving these crisis questions because it does not like to be in a state of conflict. This is called cognitive dissonance. This term is from Social psychology and the theory states that there is a strong motivation for humans to resolve conflicting beliefs and views. From the point of view of your question, the resolution of the conflict will be different for different people (obviously).
    I would like to humbly say that you should not be asking these questions here. People will respond to you in what they believe in. You need to ask this question in your personal forum. Having said that, you must gain the periphery knowledge for the resolution of these questions.
    I am a big fan of Victor Frankl (there are some who oppose his views) and he called these questions in his book "the meaning of life" as questions arising from existential frustration that exists in the 21st century.
    I would like to end here by using four quotes. The last three are from Victor Frankl and I do not know the author of the first one.

    The truth is what you choose to believe.

    The last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one's own way.

    For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.

    Ultimately man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life.
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      Dec 26 2011: I really liked these last lines but there is something that is same in all of us in our lives and there is a perfection that we haven't discover yet.

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