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ivanschneider1985
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CosmicSoL
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Not everybody has a purpose in life.

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CosmicSoL
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Started: 7/17/2017 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ivanschneider1985

Pro

Some people just live, and others were born accidents. Some even take up space in this world.
CosmicSoL

Con

Well this topic is pretty vague. If you are debating the prexistence of a purpose, I think that would then be treading into religious territory and consequently a lot more subjective topics. For the sake of brevity and things more tangible I'd like to affirm that everyone is born with the potential for a purpose and thus by extension are born with a purpose.

Also, you made no qualifier, though it is implied, that the purpose had to be grand. So no, not everyone can be Mahatma Ghandi or Martin Luther King or George Washington whose life is equated to a large movement or societal changing sequence of events, but in the more literal term of "purpose" being the reason for which something is done or created, then purpose is given the moment someone is born, each person is the reasonable and rational result of sexual intercourse. After that, a life lived automatically has consequences, the very nature of which is made manifest and exemplified in the Butterfly Effect. Our reality is constructed around individual moments that are of themselves results of an infinite amount of preceding moments, and the moment a person comes into existence they have changed something somewhere to some degree, even if it is only taking up space and adding to carbon emissions.

In summary, from a secular perspective, purpose and meaning can always be given and thus everyone has or can be given a purpose, it is only the validity of that purpose whose existence can be argued.
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Vote Placed by Dill777 11 months ago
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Vote Placed by Luxray2854 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Cosmic is the only one who really presented an argument here, so it's an obvious choice.
Vote Placed by WalkingTarget 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made an assertion with no arguments. As Con holds no burden of proof and is the only participant with an argument., argument points to Con
Vote Placed by devinator534 12 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Well, I mean, obvious decision here. The Con gave me reason to prefer his side. Pro only gave me two sentences so Con wins.