The purpose of life

What is your take on the purpose of life?

the 3 B’s: Beer, Breeding and Bowling.

Well, that’s my purpose in life.

Ok, do you want to start singing the Sperm Song, or should I?
Come on, you know the words…

[The Galaxy Song, from Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life.”



And now, for something completely different.
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heh heh, love that song.

The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? That’s easy!


Hmmm…no serious responses…til now. I started to respond when I first saw this topic a few days ago, but realized it gets really complicated – it leads into why we are here, who created us and why, religion, etc. and all kinds of controversial stuff.
I think the purpose of life is to enjoy the journey, but to do good on that journey. Be productive, try to love everyone (this is a toughie), contribute to society, make the world a better place. And I think we can all do that if we just tend to our little corner of the world, keep our noses out of other people’s business, and help those folks we can. I also believe in an afterlife, and that what you do in this life will affect the next (karma). Any time I have the urge to do something nasty, I stop and consider that it will probably come back on me, this life or the next.

I think the true purpose of life is not only to be happy, but also some other religion and other stuff involved. I think Sycorax hit right on it.

That’s an easy one! It’s…naw, I don’t want to take the fun out of it for you.
hint: Sycorax is definitely in the ballpark.

Purpose? To put on a good show while doing your best to hurt as few people and help as many as you reasonably can.

Leave it a little better than you found it.
– Sylence

“A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said, ‘Wish you were here’.” - Steven Wright

To *almost[/] be happy is the best place to be.

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“To Laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of
honest critics and endure
the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better;
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social conditions;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

People change not because they see the light but because they feel the heat.

Raise a child to be a better person than you are/were.

That’s mine at least…

“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” – Conan the Barbarian

Anybody read “The Sirens Of Titan” by Kurt Vonnegut? That explanation is even better than “42”.

The Conan quote is good, but these are what I have hanging in my cubicle:

Erich Fromm:
“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.”

Charles Kingsley:
“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Oswald Spengler:
“This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.”

Immanuel Hermann Fichte:
“If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.”

Arthur Ashe:
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

St. Augustine:
“Good times, hard times, this is what people keep saying. But let us live well and the times shall be good. We are the times. Such as we are, such are the times.”

“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it,” Jack Handy

The universe unfolds as it does.
Somewhere therein, compounds form with the tendancy to self-replicate. Increasing complexity leads to the present state.

In all, life happened. What I can say is that it was fortunate for us that it did, and that life is and interesting highlight to the vast and varied Universe.

To keep learning, and have fun.

Just that, at least for me.

Everything else, that others have listed above ,flows from that premise.

From a biological standpoint, the purpose of life is to reproduce and live long enough to raise your kids.