Why are we alive? The answers are many and none. It is up to us to define our own purpose, our own reasons, our own aims, goals, and responsibilities. Can you name 10 Reasons of Purpose for the Human Existence? If so please copy this, and type 10 reasons as a Note of your own. Life is important, don’t miss it
(I’m going to twist this a little bit and list 10 reasons I’ve discovered behind the purpose of my own existence. There will be some overlap with the reasons I see for mankind. I’ll explain as necessary.)
1. To procreate. In college I had settled into a purely Darwinian view of things and could see no other apparent meaning or purpose behind life than to create offspring, to pass on the DNA and keep life going. This was a rationalization based on the strength of the theory of natural selection, which I now see is only the beginning of our purpose.
2. To turn the dead order into chaos and then chaos into improved living order. To act as a human decomposer and reconstructor. To use the decay as fertilizer for starting a garden. To grow something sacred.
3. To learn, for the first time in the history of life on Earth going back billions of years, how to control all traits associated with power consciousness, including those connected with ego: pride, violence, anger, territorialism, authoritarianism, etc.
4. To hijack the entertainment factory, the prison for our metaphysical universe, and rebuild (or build for the first time) a truly healthy, technicolor, multidimensional public domain in a way that cannot be corrupted by power or law—as in, the kind of content seen on Tryptophanatic Netvision: http://vimeo.com/channels/tryptophanatic
5. To splatter minds on the wall with words, ideas, images, and sounds; in other words, to push people over their edge of comfort—over the boundary of what they consider “sane,” to hopefully show them that the scary, overwhelming, uncomfortable words, ideas, images and sounds are actually MUCH MORE SANE because they match the true facts found in the universe (especially the INNER universe), which brings me to #6.
6. To overhaul the Aristotelian thought system that is still prevalent 80 years after Korzybski’s general semantics should have inspired its downfall in the 1930s. To expand our conception of the universe from 3-dimensional to 4-dimensional (space and time do not exist independently), and upgrade all the obsolete thought systems: Newtonian physics, Euclidean geometry, Aristotelian logic, etc. This one also includes ending thought processes that foster self-deception.
7. To explain in clear, rational terms the concepts that we have thus far had to explain in poetic or metaphorical terms. Myths and fictions only help us up until the point when we can explain them with more precise ideas. That means increasing coherence, and reducing the noise—not stating as “fact” what works better in symbolic language.
8. To inspire an evolution in psychological awareness. We’ve been kept in the dark about the ideas of Freud, Jung, and others, because that information has been used by the public relations industry to manipulate our feelings—and, therefore, our habits in buying, voting, etc.—since World War I.
9. To convince the world to let technology work FOR us instead of AGAINST us. The fear of a war between Man & Machine is an instance of neophobia (unless we’re talking about subcutaneous microchips to track people, or some other dystopian nonsense like that). Human beings have many levels of consciousness aside from simple intelligence, but we’re not very good at rational decision making and problem solving. Computers (androids) could do this for us! In some areas they already do! Except what I’m suggesting would involve us staring at a screen for less time. Also, to rid the world of manual labor (wage slavery) and really any job that doesn’t encourage the full expression of the big Self trying to manifest itself in every individual human being.
10. To find peace—inner (jedi master status), outer small scale (a place that matches my inner idea of home), and outer global scale (healing Gaia).