As An Atheist Can Your Life Have Purpose and Meaning?

I was wondering what other people thought about this.

I realize we weren't born with a purpose. No creator or "higher calling".

But as a non believer can your life have meaning and purpose without god?

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Concur, and with the point made by Laura, below, that some people use religion in creating sense of meaning and purpose.  Events in the warring Middle East testify to how virulent some of those religiously oriented beliefs can become

No creature other than humans have to ponder over the meaning and purpose of its life or being alive. the concept of meaning and purpose of life is created by men in its effort to find logical solutions to questions about mysteries of existence, which is essentially evolution of philosophy. One grows up owning a meaning and purpose of ones life according to the surrounding belief systems. At some point of time in past when humans were hunter gatherers people adopted parental professions ( way of life) and whole clan/town / village ( in given geographical space) used to have common meaning and common purpose. They did not know then that there is something called meaning and purpose of life and they lived just like the other animals who come to being and live out today. Now in this highly intellectually developed world one evolves into adult learning many things including so called meaning and purpose of life which essentially may be preferred ways of life that one has assigned oneself through unconscious processes of learning/ mimicry.     Now as atheist we come to this dilemma which makes us feel worthless. The very strange thing is that we consider ourselves special and we think there has to be meaning and purpose of our life or our being born. Leaving aside GOD and having been born without our consent we can find meaning and purpose of life through our likings and disliking and what is generally good for people around us and what gives inner peace and happiness. Choices are unlimited.

Yes! As one example, a friend sees purpose in continually learning from each other; as he puts it, "we are each other's lesson plans."

As for morality and compassion, I'll repeat what Joan Denoo said concisely in another discussion:

Morals and Ethics come from being born a social animal.

Grinning Cat created this poster and I borrowed the idea from:

Becoming Moral Where does morality come from? Does it come from rel...

"According to Divine Command Principle is that the "god" commands it.

" rape can be good
* child molesting can be good
* lies can be good
* theft can be good
* slaughter of thousands of innocent people can be good"

"Most people think that there are just some acts that are morally wrong and that no deity would command that they be done because they are not morally correct. Thus, they deny the fundamental premise of a morality based on a belief in a deity as the source for morality."

Chapter 9: Religion, Morality and Ethics

"Does a society need to have religion as the basis for morality?

* morality is not of necessity linked to religion
* religion is not of the essence of morality
* why morality is separable from religion

Do Our Values Come from God? The Evidence Says No! Victor J. Stenger

"We have taught it to ourselves. Just as God has been found superfluous in the physical and biological sciences, modern research is driving the supernatural out of our understanding of morals and values."


We are born with the purpose to explore.

We are born with the purpose to learn.

We are born with the purpose to understand.

We are born with the purpose to work with others.

We are born with the purpose to help others.

Why would anyone require a selfish God to find purpose


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