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JohnLockeWiggen
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Is there any real meaning in life?

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Started: 5/21/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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vocalmajority

Con

Whether there is any underlying point in life has been a central feature of philosophy throughout the ages. It would seem to me that rather than being here for a reason, humans are simply the product of thousands of years of evolution and their upbringing, judging what they do and what they consider worthy of doing. Can there really be any true meaning to life, besides superficial meaning created by humans themselves?
JohnLockeWiggen

Pro

The meaning in life is a personal thing. If you are religious then you can derive meaning from the various heavens and other such rewards for behavior after life. But even if you are not religious then meaning can be derived from self worth and value. This meaning that the amount of information in the world and the things to do are more than a single human can accomplish in a single lifetime. The things that you do in your time alive is how meaning can be given to your life. If you do things that make you feel that you have value and contribute to humanity then your life has meaning because you have accomplished something worth remembering.
Debate Round No. 1
vocalmajority

Con

The comment by Craighawley215 is really what I am inquiring about here: can there ever be a universal meaning to the existence of any one person. I take your point that doing something because you believe it is worthy or living your life according to a religious faith may give a meaning to your actions, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the action simply of living has purpose. Rather, it is a trivial consequence of what has happened in the past. Doesn't the fact that there are so many different and conflicting objectives and desires which people think give their lives meaning simply support that all 'meaning' itself is superficial, and just impulsive desire?
JohnLockeWiggen

Pro

Truly the various desires of the people around us may have meaning from their desires, but if the reason that we (humanity) are here is up to further debate but the Meaning we derive from what is around us is what we spend our time on. This meaning that what we put value on is the Meaning that we get from life. If your goal is to get rich you will get rich because you will make it happen. If your goal is to become famous or popular you can find a way. The true Meaning of life is what you choose to focus on. If I may interject a little of my own philosophy the reason we are here is to learn. what we do after we die is another debate waiting to happen but we enter this world with no knowledge and as we grow and go through life we gain experience and understanding of the world and by passing this on our lives have meaning because we saved some poor soul the trouble of experiencing something that is better left alone. If you are remembered you never truly die and your life has meaning.
Debate Round No. 2
vocalmajority

Con

vocalmajority forfeited this round.
JohnLockeWiggen

Pro

Due to the lack of response from vocalmajority I will merely state three things for this round and call it good

1) Meaning is a personal thing if you believe it to exist you will create it for yourself.

2) Meaning can come from finding something to do with ones life and the simple act of doing something worthwhile gives life meaning

3) Being remembered by people allows you to live on. for example any author who writes a book will life on as long as someone reads their book, but being remembered doesn't have to come from writing a book it can merely be by having someone who will follow in the path that you set down or a path that you wish you could have taken in life and this individual can be your child or just someone you help in life.

These are the biggest ways to have meaning in life
Debate Round No. 3
vocalmajority

Con

vocalmajority forfeited this round.
JohnLockeWiggen

Pro

It would seem that VocalMajority has just left the debate which is sad because I wished for more of a challenge in the debate because the meaning or purpose of this debate is to determine whether or not life has purpose, and the answer is wholly dependent on the individual and how they see and believe life should go and their own personal beliefs. And as a believer in a higher power than that of mortal man. I find that life is for the individual what the individual makes of it and only by personal examination can purpose of life be found and so while some may find no meaning the people who do deserve some consideration especially if they receive no pay and sometimes praise for the work they do.
Debate Round No. 4
vocalmajority

Con

vocalmajority forfeited this round.
JohnLockeWiggen

Pro

It seems to me that VocalMajority has left the debate and so by default it seems that i will win but the meaning of this debate was to decide whether or not life has real meaning and the answer is yes and those who disagree also have meaning in their lives but are not willing to acknowledge it.
That is all.
May the meaning that you find in life be a positive influence on others.
JLW
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Forgiven 3 years ago
Forgiven
Ultimately, in a world without God there can be no meaning, value, or purpose. That is the sad reality. However, I DO believe in God! He is the only way there can be true meaning, value, and purpose. Without Him, we all just make up our own unimportant "meanings." But ultimately, none of it would matter. If God does not exist, then there can be no hope and no purpose! I once heard it said, "If life ends at the grave, then it makes no ultimate difference whether you live as a Stalin or a Mother Teresa." How true! God is the answer. He sent His son to die for our trespassing so that we may have eternal life and I believe it's our job to tell the world! Not everyone has heard the good news, and people still need to be reached! Living according to God's will is what I am called to be doing here on earth.
Posted by Brandon_Aguilar96 3 years ago
Brandon_Aguilar96
The point to life is to die. Its a sad fact. We all live and die. We are not gods. We are humans. And humans are terrible creatures. We do horrible things, and don't deserve to be granted immortality.

HOWEVER. Even if the point of life is to die, The reason of life is to live. We must all "Live a life we love", and "Live to the fullest". The point of life may be to die, but the journey that takes us there is the reason to it. Life is meant to be enjoyed, cherished, protected, explored, and eventually end. But it is within us all to live up to our true human potential, and live life.

Why take life so seriously anyway? Its not like you'll get out alive in the end anyway. Do what you love, love what you do. When your old and going to die, You'll Be happy you did. :)
Posted by wrichcirw 3 years ago
wrichcirw
Has a purple circle on a white background become the default avatar for new members on this website?
Posted by Cold-Mind 3 years ago
Cold-Mind
I think life it highest of all points. You can have smaller points in life, but it has intrinsic value.
I will not debate over this, simply because there is not much to say.
Posted by Craighawley215 3 years ago
Craighawley215
Just for clarification, are you challenging that there is no universally acceptable and applicable purpose/point/meaning of life as a whole, or are you asking whether or not it is possible for man to have an individual life's purpose/point/meaning?
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