That is the 'traditional' definition of "purpose of life", of course we can twist definitions all we want to satisfy our needs.
But the word 'objective' is much more relevant/appropriate is one sets one's own objective. Objective and purpose are entirely different.
The first couple noun/verb definitions from Dictionary.com may clarify this issue...
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Yes indeed, you can prioritise what dictionnaries tell you is the secondary definition, that is your prerogative. I'll stick to the main concensus, science and communication function much better that way.
We don't really "perceive beauty, comedy, anything of the sort", those are interpretations of reality based on social conventions.
Light we perceive, cold hot we perceive, but what you've described is cultural interpretation of reality, which varies across cultures.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is an interpretation. If you had grown up without human culture, you would not even consider that. The consider of beauty establishes pecking order within tribes.
The purpose of (human) life is to MAKE PURPOSE.
We construct purpose based on individual emotions, desire, and necessity. But making purpose is not “the purpose” of human life, merely one attribute of homo sapiens. It could be said that we are bipedal primates, use speech to communicate, are naturally omnivorous, and individually assign meaning to our lives. Again, this is not a bad thing, but only one aspect of human beings.
We GIVE our lives purpose.
No argument. This goes back to my premise that the purpose and meaning for any individual is entirely subjective. And, given that there in reality is no “god” or “gods” defining human purpose, then purpose and meaning have always been an artificial construct of man, many of whom are simply operating under the delusion of divine guidance.
I try to be neither optimist nor pessimist, but rather perceive reality as it is the best I can. Perhaps that is my own self-deluded purpose :-)
I agree with you Jonathan Chang - very logical statements that get us thinking critically. Appreciate you taking the time to respond.
Purpose isn't a constant. The purpose of the baby is to get all its needs met through others; to be dependent. A young person's purpose is to break away from dependence on others to become counter-dependent. A mentally healthy, mature, adult's purpose is to become interdependent with mates, children, co-workers, and all sorts of interactions with others. The final purpose is to become dependent once again as physical and mental capacities decline.
Individuals bring to these processes different interests and abilities and it is up to the individual to find his/her own strengths and meaning to his/her life. Don't ask for permission or for direction; do ask for information and training.
Just as a sock has purposes, so, too, does an individual. It depends.
Evolution is the purpose, not only for homosapians but for all life.
Sorry, but COMPLETE BS.
Evolution is not a "purpose", evolution is the consequence of mixing and matching and survival of genetics over time, completely circumstantial to its context.