The Purpose of Life

This very basic question ‘What is the purpose of life’ has been open to debate for as long as people can remember. The debates are often clouded with religious overtones and other personal beliefs that often leads to inconclusive findings. That was until science and straight forward logic were used to find the one and only answer.

After asking this simple question to hundreds of people and getting hundreds of differing opinionated answers, it was starting to become clear a bit of tunnel vision was going on. Sometimes the direction of the tunnel vision was influenced by religion, and other times it was influenced based on how their life was unfolding. If they had a good life or a hard life, it had a lot to do in formulation of their opinion.

The most common answer was to be happy and enjoy life, but that answer simply fails the test of science and logic. The second most common answer had some sort of religious overtones that differed from religion to religion that somehow implied the purpose of life was to worship whatever center point of the said religion was based on. But that fails the test as there can be only one true answer that universally fits. As Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad are the big three as far as religion goes, you are left with a multiple choice so that answer is simply ruled out.

The most common flaw in thinking about the answer to this question is misunderstanding the question. What is the purpose of life is somehow read as What is the purpose of human life. When you limit it to just humans the answers are never the same. But when you listen to the question, it simply asks about all life. From the most simple single cell creatures to the most complex form of life, there is but one common answer.

Clearly the answer of being happy does not apply to bacteria or amebas, nor does the religious based answers. The same applies to insects, fish, dogs, cats, birds, or plants. Yet there is one common thing that does apply and that is the only answer that stands up to the test of logic and applied science. The answer simply is the purpose of life is to make more life.

Making more of ourselves is what we all do. Trees make more trees, birds make more birds, and people make more people. So is it such a wonder that some men will elect to not take some needed hypertension medication because it puts an end to their ability to have sex. Is it such a wonder that the little blue pill named Viagra was seen as a savior of man. Is it such a surprise that if a man could choose how he was to die he would likely choose while having sex. Is there any surprise why sex in advertising makes such a big impact on sales. Is there any wonder why woman spend so much time in front of a mirror making themselves look more (sexually) attractive. Each and every one of these examples points to the purpose of life in one way or another because this behavior is being driven by our instincts.

When you strip away everything else, you can clearly see this is the only possible answer that transcends all forms of life. Lower forms of life and not self governed by morals and ethics, they are governed by instincts the same as humans. We are programmed to seek out a partner and have sex with them to produce more life. It is why we are here, it is the only answer, and we should not feel ashamed about it. It is our strongest link with nature, and that reminds us we are a part of nature. So we should accept our purpose and embrace it without reservation or guilt. Religion plays no part in the purpose of life. If you have any doubts about that, just go and ask the CFO for the Vatican how that sexual abstinence thing is working out

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