I am firmly in the camp that believes that the universe has no special purpose, and that therefore we make our own meaning here. That’s precisely the wonder about being human. I know it feels good to think some divine mind planned on one’s own life especially – but there’s no adventure to that, no sense of achievement. I’d much rather grapple with life, at least I’ll feel I’ve lived it at the end.
But I appreciate thoughtful perspectives on the matter. This is a well-written and intriguing essay.
A few weeks ago Josh brought up some good points about meaning and purpose in life at this link on Nate’s post. We hashed through some of that over there but I thought I’d try to add a few more of my thoughts on the subject. I actually agree with a lot of what Josh wrote (although I’m not sure he realized that), but there were some things he wrote that I thought could be looked at from a different angle.
First I’d like to explore what in the world is meant by “life’s meaning”. For this I’d like to start with a quote from Loyal Rue:
When individuals articulate the meaning of life they are attempting to specify why they value life.1
I believe this hits the nail on the head, and I believe it explains why atheists are actually correct when they say that their life is…
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