Meaning of life

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The author states that the meaning of life is to create. Do you agree with this, why or why not? As an interesting aside she also uses the six days of creation (discussed in last month's book forum) as an example of how God created in six days.
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To be very honest, iv always believed that the purpose of life is simply to live and what you choose to do while living is up to you and not up to any external forces. So I don’t agree with Trish Ostroski but I do see her point and I understand it but it wasn’t convincing enough to win me over. I enjoyed There’s a Rooster in My Bathroom nontheless.
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I agree with the author, that the meaning of life is to create. It is up to man to influence his environment and change it according to his needs.
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Michaeljerry309 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 02:11 To be very honest, iv always believed that the purpose of life is simply to live and what you choose to do while living is up to you and not up to any external forces. So I don’t agree with Trish Ostroski but I do see her point and I understand it but it wasn’t convincing enough to win me over. I enjoyed There’s a Rooster in My Bathroom nontheless.
That's an interesting perspective, obviously, we are to live our lives, but isn't there, or shouldn't there be more than that? What is the point of living our lives? To live it well? Or make an impact? Or just to live it?
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cd20 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 08:46
Michaeljerry309 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 02:11 To be very honest, iv always believed that the purpose of life is simply to live and what you choose to do while living is up to you and not up to any external forces. So I don’t agree with Trish Ostroski but I do see her point and I understand it but it wasn’t convincing enough to win me over. I enjoyed There’s a Rooster in My Bathroom nontheless.
That's an interesting perspective, obviously, we are to live our lives, but isn't there, or shouldn't there be more than that? What is the point of living our lives? To live it well? Or make an impact? Or just to live it?
I don't think there necessarily is a big giant meaning to everything in life, or life itself. But I think that kind of makes it fun? We have free agency to choose what we want to do with our lives! That's what makes it exciting- the endless opportunities.
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markodim721 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 07:59 I agree with the author, that the meaning of life is to create. It is up to man to influence his environment and change it according to his needs.
Is it just to create or is there more to life than that? What do you mean by "It is up to man to influence his environment and change it according to his needs"? Are we only to influence our environment according to our own needs and desires?
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The meaning of life really seems to be all about creating our own purposes in life. I agree on the author with this, every system and pursuits that we put in place were all done by us so we can create something out of the life we are living.
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I don’t believe that there’s necessarily one intrinsic meaning in life. I believe that each person’s life has an individual meaning, which they have to find or create for themselves. So, I guess, in a roundabout way, I do agree with the author in that I would say the meaning of life is to create one’s own meaning in the things we do and the lives we live.
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I agree with the author, but only if we don't use the most literal definition of "create." Some would take that to mean we must procreate or we must create something solid. I don't think that is the case. I think that if we even just create happiness in others, that's the meaning of life. You don't have to create something tangible, you just have to affect one other person's life.
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cd20 wrote: 02 Apr 2021, 14:33 The author states that the meaning of life is to create. Do you agree with this, why or why not? As an interesting aside she also uses the six days of creation (discussed in last month's book forum) as an example of how God created in six days.
I truly believe that we should take life as it comes moment by moment. Life is not predefinedand ofcourse it is a big surprise. There are very few things that we can control or create in life and yes for these things we can create best for ourselves.
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jaym_tan wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 14:07 The meaning of life really seems to be all about creating our own purposes in life. I agree on the author with this, every system and pursuits that we put in place were all done by us so we can create something out of the life we are living.
Thanks for sharing your perspective. I like that you said, "we can create something out of the life we are living." I believe we are not here just for ourselves. We are to make something of ourselves and we have a better purpose than just living for ourselves.
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maggi3 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 15:13 I don’t believe that there’s necessarily one intrinsic meaning in life. I believe that each person’s life has an individual meaning, which they have to find or create for themselves. So, I guess, in a roundabout way, I do agree with the author in that I would say the meaning of life is to create one’s own meaning in the things we do and the lives we live.
Thanks for sharing your perspective. I do believe we were all created for a purpose and that each person's person may not be exactly the same. As a Christian, I believe that we are put here to tell others about God, but that is not my sole purpose. I am also a teacher, a mother, a youth leader, etc, so I have a variety of roles that encompass my purpose.
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Noda21k wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 21:41 I agree with the author, but only if we don't use the most literal definition of "create." Some would take that to mean we must procreate or we must create something solid. I don't think that is the case. I think that if we even just create happiness in others, that's the meaning of life. You don't have to create something tangible, you just have to affect one other person's life.
Thank you for sharing your perspective. I agree that we should not use just the literal definition of "create." I think we are all designed for a purpose, but I never thought about it as to "create." I don't think our purpose is to necessarily create happiness in others because we are not responsible for other people's happiness, but we are not to live for ourselves either. I agree that we are to affect one another's lives.
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I'd go with the author here. After the six days of creation, the remainder of earthly creation was left to man. The meaning of life is to create isn't limited to tangible things though. It could go with emotions, material things, order, societal norms, etc
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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Michaeljerry309 wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 02:11 To be very honest, iv always believed that the purpose of life is simply to live and what you choose to do while living is up to you and not up to any external forces. So I don’t agree with Trish Ostroski but I do see her point and I understand it but it wasn’t convincing enough to win me over. I enjoyed There’s a Rooster in My Bathroom nontheless.
Irrespective of how you choose to live, there's always an iota of creation in what man does. It shouldn't necessarily be to conform to influence of external forces
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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