Is there a purpose in life?

I assure you there is a purpose in the world.  I also assure you there is no purpose in the world.

In reading this blog, I hope to appeal to more intellectual types, although I encourage anyone to read it with an open mind.  In most posts, I will attempt to bring up a point, make the premises of this point clear, and attempt to justify my conclusion.  You are not required to believe anything I say.  In fact, it is probably best you don’t and decide what to believe for yourself.  In the meantime, I will write as clearly as I can.

So how can there be a purpose and no purpose?  This is an obvious contradiction, but I shall elaborate.  In order to understand this, we must look at individual cases concerning purpose and no purpose.

Purpose: Suppose there is a purpose in the world.  If this is true, then everyone must have a purpose.  If you believe there is an ultimate purpose, you must also believe that everyone has a purpose.  Good.  We must now ask, if there is a purpose… does everyone fulfill that purpose?  In other words, do some people achieve their purpose and others fail?  If you agree that some people achieve their purpose and others fail, jump to #1.  If you disagree, jump to #2.

#1:  Since you agree, you must also agree that people have free will.  You believe they have a choice in their actions and ultimately decide their own fate (by finding their purpose and achieving it).  If you do not agree with free will, you do not agree that people can fail their purpose.  If there is no free will, if everything is guided by fate, then it would be impossible to fail if there is a purpose (Jump to #2 then).

If you are still reading, you agree with free will.  In this case, it is possible to achieve your purpose or to fail it.  The deciding factor of whether you accomplish your purpose is if you do it or not.  It is possible to know your purpose and yet not fulfill it if no actions are taken to achieve it.  Again, the deciding factor is whether you do it or not.

#2: Since you disagree, you must agree that everyone achieves their purpose.  If there is no free will, there is no choice.  If there is no choice, then everything happens for a reason; everything will inevitably lead you to fulfilling your purpose regardless of what you do because you have no choice in what you do.  Whatever it is you must do, you will do it.  If you do not agree with having no choice, then you believe there is free will (Jump to #1 then).

If you are still reading, you agree with fate.  In this case, it is impossible to fail to accomplish your purpose. As a result, it does not matter what you do, in fact, by doing nothing, you are still doing something.  You will achieve your purpose through what you do, however, in this instance you have no choice of what you do.

No Purpose: Suppose there is no purpose in the world.  If there is no purpose, there can be no fate.  As a result, humans have free will.  With no purpose we are free to make decisions and accept the consequences of those actions.  Ultimately, we choose to wake up every day. And then following that, we do things, whatever it may be.  What we do becomes our life.

Conclusion:  In all three cases, regardless of whether there is a purpose or not, the deciding factor of your life is what you do.  This is interpreted as the decisions and actions you take every day. The answer to the question of whether a purpose exists or not is I do not know.  I do know that, whether there is a purpose or not, it probably does not matter.  If there is a purpose, you may or may not accomplish it through actions.  If there is no purpose, you will still have to wake up every day and make decisions.

The answer is, there is a purpose and there is no purpose.  If you believe there is a purpose, try to find your purpose, and attempt to realize it through actions. If you believe there is no purpose, try to lead a successful life (successful is a broad term that you must define for yourself) and attempt to realize that life through actions.  Whether a purpose exists or not, you still have to wake up, eat food, and do shit.

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