There has been best-selling books, reality shows and most importantly religions started based on the purpose of life. What are we here for? Is there an ultimate meaning for our lives on this planet? Well I guess that depends on who you ask, where you ask it and how you frame the question. If someone has to give you a reason for living or a purpose for your life then it isn’t yours now is it. What religions and philosophers have done for centuries is given there opinions, theories and educated guess’s at what seems to be important. But what maybe has been lost in the debate of life’s meaning is that everyone could possibly have a different purpose. And that it is up to each and every one of us to figure out what it is that makes us tick.
What religion institutions have done sense there inception is give those who choose to follow, a pathway to find their purpose by believing in a higher power. Throughout history, there have been religions that were spawned from other religions. What most if not all religions promise its followers is the security that when death comes there is that higher power on the other side of the gate. So in turn life on this earth has a purpose, but it still doesn’t give individuals a purpose in life. Especially as Americans, we are driven by the fact that we are in control of our own destiny when it comes to the American dream. It does seem that our modern world has clashed with our traditional one. We struggle with finding who we are as people and our own place in this world.
There has to be a reason to why we are here and meaning behind it. This is why most people believe in a God and also why most people believe in the rhethoric and dogma behind it. God has a plan for us all and it is all about finding out what that is. But what about our own conciousness, we are responsible for the decisions and actions we make. We know that all humans have the ability to make morals and immoral decisions. So there has to be something more than just a fear of going to heaven or hell. What makes non-believers behave in an ethical manner. It may be that each of us are individuals with unique minds, beliefs and ways of going about life. The purpose of life is what each of us make it regardless of the opinions of others.
I think most of us can come to a concensus of what the purpose of life isn’t but what it is gets a little dicey. Because the origin of our universe is still debatable, it leads many to question whether it matters to have a purpose in life. Maybe the most important aspect in life has no clear anwser, why are we here? Since we can’t worry about things we aren’t in control of the right thing to do is focus on getting as many facts as possible. And one thing we can agree with is that your place on earth is just as important as the next persons.