I am Jewish, come from a religious family, I am married for over 10 years to a religious Jewish woman, and we have children. After being a skeptic for the past 2 years, I finally came out to my wife…Continue
For those of us who were religious before becoming atheists, you understand how religion gave us meaning. If you follow the rules (especially in Judaism where there are many) and learn the right…Continue
"The question of whether hunter-gatherers and other early societies were philosophers and whether the average person worried about the meaning of life is hard to assay with no surviving written materials, but I wonder if the question even would have…"
I am a firm believer that whatever we find to be purposeful and that also makes us happy, such as doing good for others or what have you, is real purpose, real meaning. I do not believe in any way, shape, or form, that purpose must come from…"
"My remarks were not intended to apply only to hunter-gatherer societies, but also to agricultural and commercial trading societies where the majority of the population remained poor or enslaved.
The notion that hunter-gatherers led an idyllic…"
"That we are able to contemplate a purpose or meaning for life beyond the bare struggle to maintain it is the signal luxury we enjoy in modern times.
This might be true of peasants, but not of hunter gatherers.
According to a…"
"Throughout most of the world for most of history the vast majority of people have had to work hard merely to stay alive. Thomas Hobbes described it in a famous passage of Leviathan as a life of "continual fear, and danger of violent death; and…"
"The great Robert Byrne once said: "The purpose of life is a life of purpose". What did he mean ? My idea is that he meant by that, that anything you do that makes you happy and that is purposeful, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen or…"
"Purpose of life is a recurring theme for discussions here and it will continue to be so because one discussion is not enough for constantly emerging new answers. In the context of the universe, our life has no meaning. This is a fact accepted by all…"
"Interesting hypothesis, Tom, and one which I think would be interesting to get a priest's viewpoint on. They, after all, should (in theory) be the most unhappy under this paradigm, shouldn't they? (Rape cases withheld)."
"Idaho, a few words from a song in the Broadway musical Camelot are apropos.
In words I don't remember, they said that for a short time there was an ideal place.
It seems like making a watermelon garden was, for a short time, your…"
"Words, symbols, and all things to be expressed can have meaning. What is it you intend to say for a life to have "meaning"? It seems to me when we begin to define specifically what that looks like in our mind, then maybe we can come upon…"
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