At some point in their lives, scientists, historians, philosophers, writers, psychologists and the common man all wrestle with this question – What is the purpose of life? Throughout the ages, philosophers have considered it to be the most fundamental question.
When you ask ‘Why do we eat?’ ‘Why do we sleep?’ ‘Why do we work?’ – people can easily answer those questions, such as ‘I eat because I need to live.’ ‘I sleep because I need to rest.’ ‘I work because I have to support myself, my kids and my family.’ etc. But when it comes to what the purpose of life is, many people are confused, and the most common answer will be, “I really don’t know!”
Darwinians thought the meaning of life was to reproduce. Will Durant (the most noted philosopher of the last century), capturing the predicament of postmodern man, wrote, “Faith and hope disappear; doubt and despair are the order of the day, it is not our homes and our treasuries that are empty, it is our ‘hearts’.”, See, when it comes to meaning of life, even the wisest philosophers are just guessing.
To seeking for others opinions and thoughts toward to this question, I posted it on my Facebook on 24 July 2010. I am truly appreciated my FB friend’s sincere contribution and their response. Their thoughts and opinions are rock, to share with you, I decided to post their wonderful comments here to let you read them as well, see below.
Cahyadi Muliadi – My purpose of life is 2 serve GOD n bring a lot happiness 4 my family (my mother, my brothers n sister n nephew also 2 girl of my dream who not yet come n still working on 4 that all until now may GOD Bless me n all of u ….Amiiiiin
Naeem Bashir Shaikh – Is to love, love n love – unconditionally – as far as humanly possible? Even to have reverence for all forms of live. If we are not able to give life – we mustn’t, in any case take-one-away, as well? Perhaps, it’s all about ‘Relationships’ in various stages of evolving, types n forms, etc?
Sammy Gunawan – Life is the highest love gave from GOD, and by that also our purpose is to share that love ….. Through giving time, attention, and material in any form we have to – with no harming – as many as GOD’s creatures
Raney Ng ?? – Am one who believe in karma?and that’s why some of them have good living, but some have to suffer the whole life but get nothing.. But I do believe life could be change or in another word, it could be better. Because myself have a very miserable life until I realize, material life is not the main thing I should have chasing for … because it will never ends.. Is the satisfaction from soul and spirit could release us. By doing charity, sincere sacrifice,contribution to the needy, is the things that could feed me n give me never-end happiness.. Hence, life has change.. do not expect any payback from there, but it is.. Lucky because there for me since then, happiness because be my follower.. Positive element surrounded me to chase away those negative elements.. With a sincere heart, be true, to love, yes.. it will lead u to your destiny.. I’ve learned not to blame, because life is once, for better or worse, we accept and make changes, we shall live it to the fullest with no regrets ..
Mumtaz Memon ?- The meaning & purpose of Life to me is to:
* Believe in the Oneness of Allah(SWT), the creator & sustainer of the Universe.
* Pray to Allah and keep on asking His forgiveness and for His mercy.
* To procreate.
Charles Lim Get Chin – LIFE Living In Full Eternity with God. God make us and we have to be with him now and eternity. Follow his ways and you will free from the agonies of strives which is brought about by not following his LIFE Style – Holy and Revered. Everybody has a ideal philosophy towards perfect life but not every one can attain it; hypocrisy is still the enemy and stumbling block towards a perfect character. Only God has jurisdiction over the benevolence, the sinless, the pureness, the peace fullness or simply attributes of Godliness; humankind is just mere image of God in physical flesh and endowed with Spirit of God and a freewill choose holiness or otherwise.
Frank Picini – This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.
Darshana Welivitiya – My purpose of life is to give a best thing to the others and learn many good things from the world …… I do as much i can give best thing to others….
Phan Vi?t ??c – To me, living is to achieve great things, enjoy great wealth and share it to people around, regardless of their identity, their relationship or their attitude toward life. Simple, live to enjoy life ..
Qaiser Khan Kakar – I am working for the uplifting of poorest, deprived and marginalized communities, being a social activist the aims of my life is to save the lives other and give peace and education to the deprived and disadvantaged segments of the world.
Faisal Ali Akber – I think Life is a game and we’re players of this game. Those who plays well get success. About Purpose i would say that everyone has own side to achieve goal.
AbFatah Abdullah – Allah creates all jinns and human kinds for the purpose to worship HIM. We are only servant ….. act as servant, total absolute obey to the Creator.
Yasamin Amin – Life is an exam for All human beings with sound mind and health God has created everybody with a mind to think logically to obey God rules which is Holy Quran … and follow the right path the path of true believers .. think logically what is Good for Human beings accept it and what is not Good for u don’t not do it … only those passes in the exam who truly have fear in there hearts from Allah and trust on the Last Prophet (peace be upon Him)..
Wasif Sarfraz – This world is just like an exam where we work to get our results, and results or CVs are well showable where you’ve passed that exams with lots of extra-curricular that determine how u face the world and situations ..
How, then, do you discover the purpose of life? You can share your thoughts and opinions with us by post in the comment section below.