• What is the meaning of life?

    80 answers · 1 day ago
  • If the belief system of atheism is just basically a statement and not really a system, what actually are the belief systems of atheists?

    Is is just a bunch of positive wonderful things, or could it be sort of a mix.
    Is is just a bunch of positive wonderful things, or could it be sort of a mix.
    23 answers · 18 hours ago
  • Does knowledge lead to suffering?

    "Whoever increases his knowledge merely increases his heartache" "He who learns must suffer" and "Ignorance is bliss" are all quotes that in varying degrees say the same thing, knowledge leads to suffering. I've been thinking about these quotes since yesterday.. How correct are... show more
    "Whoever increases his knowledge merely increases his heartache" "He who learns must suffer" and "Ignorance is bliss" are all quotes that in varying degrees say the same thing, knowledge leads to suffering. I've been thinking about these quotes since yesterday.. How correct are these statements? I would say that they in some ways they are true, however if we don't experience pain and suffering then pleasure and joy are surely meaningless, and while knowledge might lead to pain, surely we should welcome all knowledge? I'm just rambling, but I'm interested to know others thoughts.
    28 answers · 3 days ago
  • What is your Life advice?

    31 answers · 3 days ago
  • What should I know as a 15 year old?

    Life advice, politics, religion, spirituality, people, work , ect.
    Life advice, politics, religion, spirituality, people, work , ect.
    31 answers · 3 days ago
  • Why do i feel like life is not worth living?

    What am i even alive? i think its all just an endless shallow vain and painful thing. even when im happy i think i need a reason to exist to live. and nothing is worth the pain. not even my parents or family.
    What am i even alive? i think its all just an endless shallow vain and painful thing. even when im happy i think i need a reason to exist to live. and nothing is worth the pain. not even my parents or family.
    9 answers · 19 hours ago
  • Plato's cave analogy?

    Could someone outline platos cave analogy and just give me a brief description of it please? Would be really helpful in terms of my understanding on this section of my course !!! :)
    Could someone outline platos cave analogy and just give me a brief description of it please? Would be really helpful in terms of my understanding on this section of my course !!! :)
    8 answers · 5 days ago
  • Does a lot of time alone help you become a better philosopher?

    In other words does isolation (not necessarily complete isolation but enough) make you a better philosopher due to the fact that since you’re alone most of the time, you’re just alone with your thoughts and philosophy becomes kinda easier to grasp since you’ve already spent years thinking this way.
    In other words does isolation (not necessarily complete isolation but enough) make you a better philosopher due to the fact that since you’re alone most of the time, you’re just alone with your thoughts and philosophy becomes kinda easier to grasp since you’ve already spent years thinking this way.
    8 answers · 2 days ago
  • What is the purpose of life?

    Why do you live? What is the purpose of your life? Why do you get up in the morning? I have husband, family, friend. But I don't know why I live and for what I live. I don't want to go to the work and do every day the same things, I don't want wake up at 6:30am for this and earn money for inconspicuous... show more
    Why do you live? What is the purpose of your life? Why do you get up in the morning? I have husband, family, friend. But I don't know why I live and for what I live. I don't want to go to the work and do every day the same things, I don't want wake up at 6:30am for this and earn money for inconspicuous life. How do to get know who I am? How do to get know what my mission in this world?
    12 answers · 4 days ago
  • I have material items but I feel like Ive gain nothing from it. What can I do to find fulfillment in life?

    Best answer: Have meaningful positive experiences and relationships with other people, which generally means having compassion and giving at least as much as you receive in return. .
    Best answer: Have meaningful positive experiences and relationships with other people, which generally means having compassion and giving at least as much as you receive in return. .
    15 answers · 6 days ago
  • What's the point of alarm clocks?

    Best answer: So we can be places on time. Also to teach us how to swear.
    Best answer: So we can be places on time. Also to teach us how to swear.
    13 answers · 6 days ago
  • Why does some philosophy question things that are comoon sense?

    Best answer: I think it's because people either read too much into a question or too little. For example, I see the question posted here ad nauseam: "What is the meaning of life?" Some may consider this a deep philosophical question. I think it's irrelevant. You can contemplate the unanswerable until the... show more
    Best answer: I think it's because people either read too much into a question or too little. For example, I see the question posted here ad nauseam: "What is the meaning of life?" Some may consider this a deep philosophical question. I think it's irrelevant. You can contemplate the unanswerable until the rapture and never arrive at a conclusion. I don't attempt to answer questions such as why we are here. I accept the fact that we are, and try to make some sense of the world as I find it. Sometimes philosophic questions remind me of the two fables, The Emperor's New Clothes and the Gordian Knot. Sometimes people see things that aren't there, and sometimes they complicate the obvious in what I regard as a pseudo intellectual exercise. I find both ludicrous and inane. I'm sure this is why practical people often find philosophy foolish and worthless.

    In a personal aside, I often smile at the thought that most philosophers are men. I don't for a moment think it connotes a superior intellect. I think it illustrates the fact that historically women were practically slaves to their husbands, and while the lazy bums were off contemplating deep questions like how many angels can sit on the head of a pin, their poor wives were raising the kids , cooking, cleaning, and doing all the non-philosophical things that allowed their husbands to sit around discussing what was the meaning of life. Too bad they didn't ask their wives!
    9 answers · 4 days ago
  • What is the purpose of human existence on the Earth?

    Best answer: I have two answers to this question. Both kinda long. Are you sitting comfortably? 1. Decades ago I read a novel about a computer scientist trying to use computers to determine the purpose of human life. This book was written back when computers filled whole rooms and required a team of scientists in white... show more
    Best answer: I have two answers to this question. Both kinda long. Are you sitting comfortably?

    1. Decades ago I read a novel about a computer scientist trying to use computers to determine the purpose of human life. This book was written back when computers filled whole rooms and required a team of scientists in white coats to run them. (So they were very mysterious to most people.) This guy's idea was to program the entire human experience into the computer to calculate why we are here.

    it's a long story having to do with him stealing computer time from his company, getting fired, breaking into the computer lab to finish his project, and getting shot or dying just as the computer is printing out the results.

    The results are vague but they suggest that humans serve as an irritant in the universe, sort of like the grain of sand that gets into an oyster's shell and makes a pearl. This is seen as evidence of 'intelligent design'. Apparently our destiny is to spread to other planets, other solar systems, and mess them up as we've messed up the earth.

    It was a really good book! I haven't seen it since though.

    2. Years ago, before the Internet, we used to play this computer game over phone modems because it was too big to go on an Apple II or a TRS-80 or a Commodore PET, the computers we had then. It was called 'Adventure'. It worked just with text, no graphics in those days. You could move left, right, forward, backwards. You would run into walls, or see things and pick them up. We played this stupid game for hours and hours!

    There were no instructions. At the beginning of the game there was a line that read 'The object of this game is to find the object of the game.' IOW, in starting out you had no idea what you were doing, what you were trying to achieve. Presumably you'd find clues along the way. I must have known 50 people who played this dumb game over and over but not one of them had reached the end.

    To me, that's a perfect metaphor for life. We stumble around in the dark, find things, and go off looking for other things. We don't know what we're looking for, and we suspect we might not even recognize it if we found it! There are lots of clues to learn and remember. And the purpose of life is to find the purpose of your own life! It's totally up to you!

    Just as in the game you may have goals in mind, or develop a strategy that could help. Or you can just wander around randomly and see what you stumble over. But the meaning of your life is UP TO YOU! That's what's meant by 'Free Will'. Free Will means you get to make choices, but it also means you have an obligation to make choices!
    13 answers · 6 days ago