• The Hardest Question is impossible to Answer Without GOD

    Who are you may sound like a simple question but then it becomes difficult because no matter how you answer, you will never be able to describe fully who you are. Here is an example: Can you answer the question with your name? Yes you can but that does nothing to explain who you are. If you said that your name is Bob and someone else answers with the same answer, does that mean you are the other person? You are not your species because you are not the only one. You are not your job because others do the same job to. You are not your place of birth. When you keep eliminating what you are not, you will be tempted to go the other way and say that life has no meaning but if you know then ask the question - if I am not all of these, how is it possible that I can still have an identity? The answer is - GOD made man in HIS own image.

  • Yes - we're here for a reason

    I think that human life does indeed have meaning. We have done so much as a society since our early caveman days. We have discovered millions of things that are amazing aspects of our existence. The more we continue to discover, the more it reinforces that we are here for a purpose.

  • Yes, but I disagree with all the answers.

    The reason being is one, If life has no meaning, we have no purpose, and if we don't have a purpose, we have no reason in existence therefore why do we all exist? Everything has reasons behind it, that is the only thing that which humankind cannot seem to understand nowadays. By this there has been more and more suicides just because they did not understand. To make a point that will which I hope will open a persons' eyes I will end with a parable. There was a beggar who was just on his casual spot, then comes a boy who cam from a rich family. The boy came to the beggar and greeted him, the beggar thought that the boy was very friendly, nice and kind. They became friends and they had begun a regular meeting at the beggar's spot. The boy will always tell the beggar about his father's art gallery and so on. Then one day the boy had suddenly stopped coming, then the beggar had soon found out that the boy had suddenly died. So the beggar picked up crayons and a piece of paper and drew a portrait of the boy and went to the boy's house gave to the guard of the gate and asked, "Will you please give this to the owner of this house, because he had a son whom was very friendly to me. I just thought that I would draw this as a kind gesture." Then the guard took the portrait and he actually thought that it was a nice gesture. Then one day the owner of the house which was the father of the boy, came driving by the gate, so the guard told the boy's father about what did that beggar asked of him and sure enough the boy's father took the portrait and hanged it on his art gallery. Then one day the boy's father died, and the will it said that there will be an auction for his art gallery. The beggar found out, so he got himself some nice suit and went to the auction. While he was there he searched for his drawings of the boy, sure enough he found it. Then the auctioneer pounds the gravel saying "We are to begin now." As everyone took their seats the auctioneer read the will and it said "There is a condition in the will and that is, this portrait of the owner's son must be auctioned first!" No one bids to it, until the beggar reached for his pocket and bids all that he had, no counter offer, gravel pounded sold. The beggar was about to walk out of there until the gravel pounds again and the auctioneer said, "There is another condition in the will who ever buys this portrait, will all get the whole gallery." You see the point is when you receive Jesus Christ, you will receive all components and meanings of life!

  • In a sense

    It is us conscious beings that create meaning for ourselves in an intrinsically meaningless universe. I do not deny that if the entire human race were to die out and go extinct the cosmos would remain indifferent. Objectively, there is no such thing as true meaning. But human nature demands meaning, although there exists a conflict between this nature and the cosmos as a whole. We certainly were not put here for reasons beyond our comprehension, and it is quite an accident that we exist. It is because of this that we must find subjective meanings for ourselves as individuals. One could say that the meaning of human existence is to give life a meaning.

  • Yes Human Life does have meaning.

    Yes, life has meaning. But it is your job however, to give it meaning. As an Atheist, I don't see Human purpose as a blank void of nothing, but an unformed ball of clay that you can shape as you see fit. You are the god of your own life and that's the beauty of a Godless Universe.

  • Yes and no.

    I am agnostic, so I shall not go either way when it comes to the higher power part that is inevitable with this question. If everyone moped around all the time and did nothing but remind themselves that their life had no purpose, then no, life would have no meaning, but because human believe that life has meaning, it does, because they made it so.

  • Yes, it should

    Life should have meaning or you wasted it. Everyone should have something that they accomplished in life that makes them stand out. You need to do something that gives your life purpose and meaning. I am a teacher and I feel like I am making some type of difference every day.

  • Silly Question

    Of course human life has meaning. It doesn't need to be in any religious moral, or philosophical context, but by merely existing our minds are built with teh desire for self-preservation. Therefore, even if only in our own minds, we serve a purpose - to live. What we do with our lives is of course more or less meaningful than mere instinctual survival, but that is a topic of another debate.

  • Yes - Human life has purpose

    Each human life has a purpose, meaning and reason for existence. The meaning of a human life can be as simple as being a parent, being a child, being a caretaker. You could simply be someone who appreciates every day simply for what it is. As self-aware creatures, each one of us gives meaning to our own lives, simply as a matter of caring for one another and other creatures.

  • Human life has a meaning.

    Life does have a meaning, we are here to make mistakes, but to learn from them. We ALL have talents, we need to use them. By doing simple things in life, we make our life better for ourselves and for everyone else. At the end of life, we can all be happy about it. Life is a beautiful thing to live, it has many look at the things we have learnt whilst living, being happy about the good things we did, because at the end of our life, we will truly see the whole meaning of our lives, and be proud of what we achieved. The purpose of this life, is to learn, achieve, love, and at the end we will get the reward from God.

  • All we do is destroy!

    All we ever do is destroy, our world, the land, and people. We are the only race that kills for fun, that rapes, but don't call rape call fire people will actually come save you then... You hope. We are the only race that doesn't really care about global warming, or that we killed trillions of animal's and plants to build this, and yet we need more. And we need to cause more pain. We stab our friends in the back for no reason. We are the worst thing planet earth and any others will ever see. We starve and beat things, we torture and bomb society's and people. People who are not hurting others or themselves can't even be safe because they got all them religions' find them gay, or being atheist, or other groups being a GASP! Republican GASP! Demarcates, Republicans argument in there favor- we don't do abortion (Which might have been because of rape) but to all those poor people or middle wage, we are going to try our hardest to make sure you don't get anymore of our money! Demarcates we play for the little guy? Chose what you want, but gosh forbid if your a republican, or have such view's. And both act like children and can't get anything done for our country. Don't forget that all people with power are probably corrupted by it. And then there are those kids and adults that you look at and the are so unbelievable disgusting, nothings my fault, she's fat, he's a gay, I didn't do anything wrong its everyone else fault for breathing. And now we are polluting universe with our toxic fumes and poising us along with it. They have told you about global warming, what could happen. You see it now. No one cares. Oh and the future? Not to bright with all these cut backs on education. But do try to be optimistic, it may help you breath.

  • All "yes" explanations are circular.

    In philosophy, a circular argument occurs when the premises presuppose the conclusion. The structure of most of the "yes" arguments I have read are mostly circular. For one to assert that meaning exists because we as conscious beings can inject our own personal accounts of meaning into our lives is as circular as it is epistemologically problematic. The question "Does human life have meaning?" exists completely distinct from the question "Does a human life have meaning?". The difference in these two questions is what leads my answer to no.

    Of course I cannot deny that a singular human life has no meaning. In fact, I would actually agree with that statement. To a single person, or even small group of like-minded and like-valued people, meaning can be exist, transform, and even disappear. I suppose that's what someone in the "yes" camp might use as evidence to state that human life has meaning.

    However, I completely disagree with that thought. I find it extremely hard to believe the fact that an individual or subset of humanity can give life meaning somehow translates into universal meaning for human life. If, somehow, human life did have meaning, it would be universal, concrete, and and apply to holistic human existence. Any opposing characteristics of this entity of meaning would apply not to "human life" but to "a human life", which explains why this distinction is so critical. By nature, any account of meaning for "a human life" (or even a subset of human life), is by nature volatile, political, and/or contingent upon many variables. This volatility is the pitfall for any attempt at giving holistic human life meaning, since the characteristics for both types of meanings are opposite.

    Also, disclaiming this view because it is agnostic will not work. Any spiritual or religious meanings of life apply to a SUBSET of human life, which are volatile, political, and/or contingent upon many variables. To claim that your specific religion or God offers the meaning of human life is both circular (since that argument presupposes itself) and dangerous (as history would show us).

  • A better question would be, what makes us think it needs a meaning?

    The common consensus is that we have some sort of higher purpose for being here. A vast majority of the people you ask will say "of course there is a meaning to living!" However, when you get down to it, life ultimately has no meaning. If you believe that we were put here by some divine creator being for a purpose, what purpose is that? To make the world a better place? That would imply that originally, there was no purpose for our creation because everything was perfectly ok before we showed up. Is it for god's entertainment? Well that's not really a meaning, that's just a sick and twisted god who ultimately doesn't care what happens to you, thus meaning that your life has no meaning whatsoever in the grand scheme of things. So what other purpose is there for a divine to create us? None.

    But what if you don't believe in a god? Do you still believe that life has meaning? Why? If the world was not created by a divine being, then that means that there is no purpose for its existence. It would mean that anything you can think of is merely a false meaning that you put on something to make yourself feel better.

    The world has no obligation to make us feel comfortable. We're just here for the ride. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  • No, human life does not have meaning.

    How quick we are as a species to delude ourselves into thinking that we can make up a meaning for our lives arbitrarily. There is no reasoning behind subjective opinion. In the end - our bodies die, our world dies, and our universe becomes uninhabitable. Why does anything matter? Does it really matter if our species dies out? If you want to remain consistent in a worldview based on objective fact, then you wouldn't pretend your life has meaning.

  • Life is meaningless

    A person is not put here for a reason. We were put on the earth for as big of a reason as a squirrel. The only difference is that homo sapiens have the ability to think, thus making them stubborn and blinded to the fact that we are not put here with a mission. We exist because of a slight coincident and a few billion years of evolution.

  • Define meaning m8

    Our purpose is in a way to stay alive and have kids cos for some reason life wants to live, but in a philosophical sense I don't believe lie has meaning, but I don't believe life doesn't have meaning. I mean, why the fuck would it and what even is meaning, but if someone says life has meaning for whatever reason, sure you have fun living your life with that in mind, but I'm just gonna live mine trying to have fun and get all the nice hormones and chemicals running round my brain cause that feels good and I want it to feel good.

  • It is sad, but God is not real...

    We are animals that desire pleasure. The moment that we began to ponder our individual purpose as a species, we were instilled with disbelief that something so complex and seemingly beautiful could be so purposeless. Introduce: Religion. Answers to our beginning, end, and everything in between. By using this cultural event as a social tool, we were able to accomplish things much faster as a larger society. Religion was necessary to bring us to the technological age and information age. Now here we are. A combination of atoms and chemical reactions, all in the hands of the very predictable physics of this universe. If it did not feel good to eat, have sex, or care for cute children, we would have all died a long time ago. We are nothing but reactions to our surroundings. With absolutely no purpose whatsoever. After taking all of this in, it is still such a beautiful story to BE the universe, consciously watching itself from birth until death. Human life does not have meaning. But our purpose is infinite.

  • We are not needed all we do is cause problems.

    Think of it this way in history we have only existed to destroy each other and the things around us. We are slowly killing the planet and destroying the natural balance that used to be. There will come a point when the balance we have broken will be the reason for our destruction.

  • We are not needed all we do is cause problems.

    Think of it this way in history we have only existed to destroy each other and the things around us. We are slowly killing the planet and destroying the natural balance that used to be. There will come a point when the balance we have broken will be the reason for our destruction.

  • We don't need to be here.

    Human beings have no true need for anything. We don't even need to exist. The universe and this giant rock we stand on would continue to be here and continue to go on without us. Once you understand that, you can understand how our lives can't have meaning. Because we don't have have to exist what purpose can be drawn from that. The only we might have any meaning in our own lives is if others find that meaning in you. That persons life ldoesn't have any meaning though, so it's pointless. It would continue like that for however long humans exist, and when we no longer exist all meaning fails. Everything in the universe has an expiration date. Once humans reach theirs, no one will be left to care.

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thefatalist says2014-06-23T20:15:44.367
I weigh in on this as NEUTRAL. I don't think we can get our arms around the question "Does human life have meaning?" in toto, a priori, as an abstract, or in an opinionated way. The question is not subject to our summons. There's always going to be those who say yes and those who say no---the final result: no movement; like a debate between Republicans and Democrats. I think we can take it only one life at a time, i.E., your own, warts and all, day by day, through the full measure of taedium vitae. Once you have lived to a summit of, say, 60 years (perhaps an equivalent thereof), you have a fund of PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY and SEASONING about what it has been all about, which includes details, subtleties, complexities, syndromes, subjectivity, deep feelings, episodes, anecdotes, cultural implications that only you could possibly know about. No one could answer the macro question abstractly simply because no one has the information about all lives everywhere. Lives vary too much to generalize. This information can be obtained only by the individuals walking in those shoes, to whom it is private. Any micro-details that you may learn about the lives of others may collectively mean nothing, be incoherent, cause confabulation, or distract your focus as you try to pound it all into a template. At the end of the day, one's answer to the macro question "Does human life have meaning?" may be simply a sigh, or silence. And that may be the realest thing you ever did. I saw a documentary about Havana, Cuba (narrated by Gloria Estefan), at the very end of which the interviewer asked a witness living in the US: "What is it you miss most about Havana?" This guy thought, and he thought, for a good while, and finally, he just said, "Todo." No embellishment, no embroidery, roll credits, and it was real as hell. Your answer or point of view may not be discursive at all. All opinions, approaches, and conclusions would be contained in that sigh or in common silence. Even so, you would give off a vibe. There would be those who would understand. This is the point where the washerwoman or the fishmonger achieves satori and Enlightenment. That is a drawback of cyberspace and blogs and social media and stuff---you would have to have BEEN there.
Finally, those rich in the practical philosophy of their own lives---win, lose, or draw---may be permitted to make some sage and cautious extrapolations about the whole enchilada. So, does human life have meaning? NO---because we can't generalize. But, does human life have meaning? YES---because I can appreciate the arc and trajectory of my own life and may thus be assured that others have their own. That would be a way to reach unity on the matter---not necessarily to "answer a question," say yes or no in a quantitative poll, or get "closure" on this (and thus be right and win the friggin' debate), but to ACHIEVE UNITY IN YOUR OWN MIND on the issue.