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Jan 6 2007, 06:55 AM (Post #1)
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This may sound cliche, but what is the meaning of life to you and to society in general? Because I expect this to be the ultimate intelligent-debate topic I'm gonna pin this as the exemplary of all other university discussions ssmile.gif
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Jan 6 2007, 06:58 AM (Post #2)
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Nothing special really. 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. stongue.gif

To me, the meaning of life is to live it to the fullest. No regrets and the like.

To society in general? I'm not sure. We have Goths that want to end it as soon as the come of age, so that is that for them >_<
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Jan 6 2007, 07:03 AM (Post #3)
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Everyone's goal in life is to be happy. Society's goal in life is to give people the opportunity to be happy without infringing on any other's rights.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:06 AM (Post #4)
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At first glance, I thought we had a topic like this, and I was going to respond jokingly with '42'. But seeing as this is the meaning of my life from my point of view, I suppose I can delve deeper into it.

To begin with, I am only 19. I haven't lived much. Yes, kids back 200 years ago were married and had kids and were holding full-time jobs at 19, but given in today's society, I haven't really seen or lived much. From where I come from, a person who drinks and gets drunk, a person who has sex before marriage or haphazardly, or a person who steals is a big thing. It's certainly not St. Louis, MO.

So I guess for me right now, in this current age and state, the meaning of life constitutes being able to get to the next day without encountering too big of a bruise. There are the obstacles that obstruct the path that I wish to seek -- that of girls, games and the oh-so wonderful world of academics (sorry, no good alliteration there) -- and even that path isn't a full one. Life is complex. To me, being kind to others and finding a solidified goal are the main things right now. And then whatever comes my way afterwards is what is there.

As for others, I think that is for them to interpret. For the practical people, I think they want to get through school, go to a college, find a solidified career path, get married get a wonderful retirement package and while doing that, manage to invest a boatload of cash and end up being a multi-millionaire by the age of 60, with a company on the side. Well, maybe not all of those -- but for the really practical person, they would list the obvious things of what humans were put on this earth to do -- hunt, reproduce and move on. However given we are in the 21st century, there are other things...

Finding true happiness and love I think, are one of them. ssmile.gif
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Jan 6 2007, 07:06 AM (Post #5)
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Easy. sbiggrin.gif

The meaning of life is to LIVE, no matter how you go about doing so, because there is nothing worse than death.

Unfortunately, the meaning of life to society in general revolves around things related to Cat's statement. People with good lives think self-fulfillment comes from living life to the fullest, and people with bad lives are always trying to find a way out, even if it means suicide.

Taking a completely non-religious standpoint on suicide...I think it is the single most retarded/foolish/chicken-s*it action you can take.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:09 AM (Post #6)
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People that do it are stupid. Nothing is gained from doing so.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:10 AM (Post #7)
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I think some of the best people in life find good even when their life is a living hell.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:15 AM (Post #8)
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Well yeah, bigeyes.gif, but not everyone is like that...and I think that's a problem. Unfortunately, barring the creation of a utopian society...there will always be people who think that way.

Bear through everything that comes your way, and do your best to make things better without giving up your life. Not much point in killing yourself in an attempt to make things better...not like you'll be around to see, lol.
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That would be the point. Ending your life won't make it any better. Partly because you'll be dead anyway.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:39 AM (Post #10)
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Those who do end their life argue that it would take away the pain, whatever that pain may be.

But that's just pussy. The tough survive the pain. The weak? Well, their name implies what they would do.
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Jan 6 2007, 07:59 AM (Post #11)
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People who get up and walk through all that crap in life are the ones who deserve to live it.
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The meaning of life to me is very simple. Have a good time.
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Jan 6 2007, 08:49 AM (Post #13)
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I suppose another factor to determine is what people believe in mostly. If they are devout to their Religion, their meaning of life may have something to do with that. If they are serious scientists, they may believe that the meaning of life is to produce fertile offspring.

There are many possibilities.
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Jan 6 2007, 04:50 PM (Post #14)
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QUOTE (Tsuya @ Jan 6 2007, 02:06 AM)
Easy.� sbiggrin.gif

The meaning of life is to LIVE, no matter how you go about doing so, because there is nothing worse than death.


I will always disagree with this statement. If this was truly the meaning of life, then there would be no such thing as a military. NOBODY would risk their life for anything because their life would be more important than anything else in the world.

A child's life is more important than an 80 year old who is in the hospital and about to die in a week. The freedom of a nation is more important than the lives of a dozen soldiers. The life of a leader is more important than a homeless bloke who gets drunk in Central Park. The life of any innocent person is more important than the life of a rapist or serial killer.

There are far worse things in life than death. If someone received a head injury and became brain dead, or if he was a victim of Alzheimer's and couldn't wipe his own butt let alone recognize his wife, or if he went into a permanent coma, or if he had ALS, or if he was going to be isolated from everyone for the rest of his life, or if he was going to be tortured for the rest of his life....etc etc

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But that's just pussy. The tough survive the pain. The weak? Well, their name implies what they would do.

So if I gave you the opportunity to decide when you die, and I tortured you until that time, you would die of old age? No sleep. No wine. No food. I will tether you up to a needle for water and Calories, I will electrocute your nerves and your testicles, I will use every chemical that inflicts pain, I will give you every painful disease known to man, I will cut you up, harvest your organs without putting you to sleep, and the only breaks you have for recovery will be spent watching your friends and family tortured. You would choose this life---with no hope of anything else, watching loved ones scream in pain, tortured and driven to insanity---over death?

If I was a Crime Lord, I would subject my enemies to this torture for 3 days (until they die if I cannot allow them to live), and I would make others watch it.

If I was in charge of sentencing criminals, I would replace the death penalty with this method of torture (without the decision over your own life). Family and friends would be kept out of it, of course. Anyone in prison would be forced to watch this. Other crimes involving prison time would be alternate between isolation in a windowless room, with no sense of time except tasteless meals offered every 8 hours and a 6 hour torture fest once a year.

Wrath agrees with me. Happiness is the ultimate goal in life. If hedonism floats your boat, then go for it.
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Jan 6 2007, 06:21 PM (Post #15)
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Someone sounds like they've been bitter or something. Guess is this the side of Duke that doesn't poke at every chance he gets. *Points to his facebook and AIM profiles*

Part of the meaning of life is obviously to live. If you weren't living life, you wouldn't be alive, so the point kind of implodes on itself. I would rather say that the meaning of life is to be happy, and however that is done, is up to the individual.
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