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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    prem prakash pandey

    Life forms have evolved following the laws of nature. Human being one of the life forms and with same meaning and purpose as other life forms bestowed by nature of things. The whole universe has no purpose and no meaning it just exists. However with evolution of intelligence we human have created concepts to make sense of the world we live in. We human have evolved into intelligent society where several concepts have been created for coexistent and survival of each member and groups. Our place in society and interactions with fellow human we go through create meaning and purpose of our life. It need's no divinity to tell us what meaning and purpose our life has. Meaning and purpose of life described by religions are mere speculations and see how different they are across religions ? Neither the world nor the human beings could have been created by many GODS, if at all there is there should be just one God and thus just one religion, one book, one philosophy and only one meaning and purpose for every human being who ever lived, living today and to be born till end of humanity. The evidence against GOD lies in this very fact that the people who claimed to know Gods, to be Gods, to be son or prophets, to be incarnations of Gods have all been teaching widely different realities, truths, interpretations and knowledge about one and same thing, this world, this unique world which can have only one set of truths all along its existence. Meaning and purpose of life derived by believers from their religions defer from men to men. But only one can be true. Which one? All can not be true but all can be false. Hence it is unwise to search meaning and purpose of life from falsehood. This leaves you to create and evolve your own meaning and purpose of your own life.
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      Jay Stride

      I get the impression that some theists are stuck on this because in their circle of logic design implies a purpose which, in turn, proves design. Also, it's easier if your "purpose" is neatly set out for you than to determine it for yourself.

      Personally I am focussed on contentment. I think the Epicureans had it right.

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        Michael Pianko

        Human beings evolved into existence according to evolution and according to genetic accident or coincidence or random chance. In terms of biology your "purpose" is just to be a vessel for your DNA and to have kids so that pieces of your DNA will continue to exist or so the species will continue to exist. In terms of having a special mission nor goal in life, the whole concept of the generic meaning or purpose to life that you think you have to have is imaginary. You don't need a deep mind blowing profound meaning or purpose. Certainly there is no such thing as a deep profound meaning which is just "out there" which you can "discover". If you want, for all it matters, you could study philosophy and make up some mind blowing, fancy, profound meaning, or adopt somebody else's ideas. Mainly you just need to find fun hobbies and activities you like to do and you need to find a life which does not revolve around the fact that many people around you are infected with religion and you are not. You need to be time efficient and fit in a good amount of experiences and activitied before you get too old. You need to have peak experiences that come from activities or experiences which do not involve drugs or eating or drinking or any religion-like or trance-like state where the function of parts of your brain are inhibited. A peak experience could be anything from getting a strike in bowling to visiting some spectacular archaeological site to announcing to somebody that religion is bogus. In general the more base, banal, stupid, and vulgar the answers you get to your question are, the more true or useful the answer will be.