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« on: June 26, 2010, 02:07:50 AM »

This is one of those endless questions that each individual contemplates at one time or another. I've asked myself this question at times and come to no real conclusion in my mind. I've thought deep and hard but thinking it must be a little complicated to answer lol.

It really should be something simple. Today, something just clicked inside me and this is what dawned on me.

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Find your heaven and go there.

That's what we all are...individuals. Everyone has different needs and wants. Find what makes you happy and live that dream.

Yes, no...maybe?
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2010, 04:00:34 AM »

I've come to the conclusion that there is no meaning to life. This is what I was talking about a few weeks back when I said, "Why are we here?" I just don't get it anymore, if I ever did. You can live your life and never bother anyone, but you get walked all over by pure evil in this world.

I read in the paper a month or so ago that a 70 year old woman who had lead a peaceful life, never hurt anyone, raised a family and all that, was walking down the street to go to the local shops and she had a disagreement with a cyclist on the sidewalk and the next thing she's laying in a pool of blood, dead. What pocesses a 30 year old man to push a woman to her death over some petty disagreement and to someone he'd never met before.

It's absurd and just doesn't make sense. I'm constantly asking WHY?

No matter how happy you are in life. There are people in this world ready to take it away from you. You don't even have to know them. We all make mistakes and we're suppose to forgive and forget but sometimes I just wonder what's the point.

After my post a couple of weeks back, someone said that thinking about this too much can cause depression and they're right. But the world is a depressing place with all this crap we have to put up with and no one is willing to do anything about it. You get up in the morning and all you think about is what am I going to have to put up with today?

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2010, 03:41:56 PM »

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1807–1882
 
55. A Psalm of Life
 
What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist
 
TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
  Life is but an empty dream!—
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
  And things are not what they seem.
 
Life is real! Life is earnest!
  And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
  Was not spoken of the soul.
 
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
  Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
  Find us farther than to-day.
 
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
  And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
  Funeral marches to the grave.
 
In the world's broad field of battle,
  In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
  Be a hero in the strife!
 
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
  Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,—act in the living Present!
  Heart within, and God o'erhead!
 
Lives of great men all remind us
  We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
  Footprints on the sands of time;
 
Footprints, that perhaps another,
  Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
  Seeing, shall take heart again.
 
Let us, then, be up and doing,
  With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
  Learn to labor and to wait.

http://www.bartleby.com/102/55.html  :)
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2010, 10:34:29 PM »

I'm just going to go ahead and say it: 42
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2010, 10:58:02 PM »

Across or down? ???
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2010, 03:16:22 AM »

 I half agree, Alcatraz.   

From the book The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
In the book a computer called Deep Thought gave the answer to the question "What is the the meaning of life, the universe and everything?" as 42.     So 42 is not just the meaning of life.  According to Deep Thought you need to know the question to understand the answer.

Across or down? ???
 
I guess it could be either KC.. ;D ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 04:31:20 AM »

 ;D ;D^ ;D ;D

What is the true meaning of Life!

This year has been depressing, it's been more about death because I was at another funeral on Friday :(

I suppose Life is what you make it, just enjoy the precious time we have on Earth :)

I believe things happen for a reason and maybe we only get to see the bigger picture once we are dead.

Sorry if I am depressing you all :(

I totally agree with SK, There are people in this world who are ready to take it away from you.

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No matter how happy you are in life. There are people in this world ready to take it away from you. You don't even have to know them. We all make mistakes and we're suppose to forgive and forget but sometimes I just wonder what's the point.

After my post a couple of weeks back, someone said that thinking about this too much can cause depression and they're right. But the world is a depressing place with all this crap we have to put up with and no one is willing to do anything about it. You get up in the morning and all you think about is what am I going to have to put up with today?
     

Back in 2007, one of my cousins was murdered :'(

she was  a Student Marine Biologist and only 21

SK, this was just like the old lady,  In the wrong place at the wrong time :(

let's face it, all the pure evil in this world is just mankind. >:(


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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010, 08:03:26 AM »

And Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2010, 09:44:45 AM »

And Deserve's got nothin' to do with it.
Unfortunatly true!!!!!

I believe this world can be cruel. We just need to take each day at a time and be greatful we wake up every morning. That is how I have thought for a long time.  When I was five I had a accident and my heart stopped twice on the operating table and luckily the Dr's were able to get it going again. Believe me when I say I have asked the question "how" or "why" am I here.
That is how I came up with my quote on my profile "Every Day is a Good Day" meaning every day you wake up is a blessing and hopefully try to live each day like its the last.
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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2010, 03:56:16 PM »

That's a question that has riddled me from time to time through my older years. I guess when I read Viktor Frankl's  "Man's Search for Meaning," I found some thoughts I could live by, making the question less of a quandary.  :-\

We live to tell our story.
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2010, 05:37:38 PM »

I thought this thread was referring to .... The Meaning of Life.

As for the meaning of life...."Well, it's nothing very special.  Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."

And people should wear more hats.  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2010, 05:43:06 PM »

A bit of dialogue from Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. The speakers are "Sandy" (Woody's character and his alter ego in the film) and some flying saucer guys he's encountered.

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Sandy: Why is there so much human suffering?

Aliens: This is unanswerable.

Sandy: Is there a God?

Aliens: These are the wrong questions!

Sandy: Look, here's my point. If nothing lasts, why am I bothering to make films or do anything for that matter?

Aliens: We enjoy your films! Particularly the early, funny ones.

Sandy: But the human condition is so discouraging!

Aliens: There are some nice moments, too.

One of my all-time favorite exchanges in an Allen film.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2010, 12:03:51 AM »

;D ;D^ ;D ;D


Sorry if I am depressing you all :(


You didn't depress me. One year we lost 3 family members within 9 months of each other....It was rough. It was a sister, a brother and another sister (but not my siblings).

I hope you're feeling better.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2010, 12:37:51 AM »

  So 42 is not just the meaning of life.  According to Deep Thought you need to know the question to understand the answer.


Okay then. I'll go with my back up answer: The meaning of life is 'Bucket'.
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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2010, 11:58:42 AM »

You didn't depress me. One year we lost 3 family members within 9 months of each other....It was rough. It was a sister, a brother and another sister (but not my siblings).

I hope you're feeling better.

Thanks  LCat, I am OK :)
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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2010, 08:22:31 PM »

This is an interesting thread! I will have a few beers and post something.  O0
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2010, 08:27:26 PM »

For days I have been trying to think of something profound and monumental to answer this question but nothing comes to mind. ;D
For me it is to make the best of every day and be good to others and our environment. That being said, if I could remember that every day then I could move on when the sadness in this world gets me down.
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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2010, 05:06:24 AM »

Like I said when this thread started, there is no meaning of life. It's just a waste of time trying to figure it out because nothing makes sense anymore. If it ever did. Which I think I said back then as well.
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2010, 05:19:41 PM »

I believe there is a meaning to life. I guess it's all the years of Catholic school that has me believing this way.

Right now my meaning of life is to go to the fridge and raid it....
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