Have You At Any Time Asked Yourself Just Why.

Perhaps you have taken an occasion to ask your own self the greatest question, one that pertains to every one of us all... the question, of course, is "Why Do I Exist?"

Now, I've truly dedicated a substantial amount of my life in silent reflection contemplating this very topic. It's always appeared to myself to be very important. Despite the fact that I understand a worthwhile answer may never become accessible to the human intellect, I nonetheless feel that the mere action of asking this question has forced my own perspective into a greater state.

Thankfully, I am not alone in asking this question. It has been on the mind of many philosophers since thought became easily accessible to human kind. A lot of belief systems have been developed in order to help handle this query as well. However have any of them actually managed to track down and eloquently assert the appropriate answer?

So far, throughout my investigating, it would appear that none have. This, is why I've been seeking constantly and seeking to shed some light on the topic myself. And after many, many years of reflection and consideration, I feel I have acquired an answer.

Now, I have to make this very clear straightaway. I will not claim to comprehend the answer to the truely quintessential question, that being "Why Does Existence Exist." That issue, still is far outside the reach of my own mentality. Regardless, I presume that consciousness, or intelligence (whichever you want to call it) was created within the universe for a specific purpose.

It is claimed that the Universe is not able to exist with out mind entering in to it. I believe this really is true, as it would appear that our thoughts sculpt the reality in which we live, at least to varying degrees. Scores of health professionals these days agree with the fact that the so called 'placebo effect' can be a sizeable contribution to any form of healing people receives. And also it’s worthwhile to notice that this placebo effect can be brought on by means of our own thoughts and beliefs.

The research into epigenetics also suggests the thought that we're able to activate and turn off our very genes by the way we perceive our environment. You see, our DNA is covered by a protein sheath, which has receptors similar to most every other membrane layer in our body. The substances that effect these kinds of receptors appear to be manufactured by the way we perceive our environment, which then bind to these receptors and expose the DNA contained within, which can then be expressed and effect our physiology.

With all of these points in mind, I ask you to take into consideration that indeed conscious awareness is the most important characteristic which humankind is currently in possession of. And that being the case, it could be extrapolated that our intelligence actually posesses a higher purpose within the universe itself.

And as a result, I believe that intelligence has got the most significant function to perform within the universe. Still, exactly what is this function? Exactly what is the supreme objective of intelligence? Well, I think that this shall be thoroughly sorted out within the blog which i've addressed in this article. Nevertheless, to be completely appreciated, everyone needs to get together and take a look at this subject in an intelligent discussion.

This, is the objective of the weblog I have discussed in this posting. It's only just been launched a little while ago, and has very little following as of yet, although with your help, may spread like wildfire and stimulate thought within many people. I truly think that this would be a great service to all of the human race, as well as the universe itself, as once we genuinely have an understanding of our purpose in this existence, we can start to work towards that purpose collectively.

I, personally, can see no higher purpose, than that.

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 6, 2013 at 10:44pm

Felicia, I too have pondered the question you asked and now accept:

1) I, a physical body exists, and

2) I, a collection of experiences exists.

As to my 82-year-old physical body, I know the cause of, but no reason for, its existence.

I can point to a few consequences of its existence. They do not include another generation of children; they do include the reactions of other people to what I've done and my reactions to their reactions.

As to the collection of experiences, I remember many and have forgotten many, but don't recall predicting any of them.

Thank you, Felicia, for your post; My Tuesday writing class will hear some of my responses.

There is one point I do not doubt: the universe is far older than any conscious thought about it.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 6, 2013 at 6:55am

I agree with Anthony. To think otherwise would have you looking again for "that one book" that has all the truth written down, and tells us all about our beginnings. Of course, that book would have to be ancient (just like your Buybull) because if it was a "now" book nobody would believe it or trust it, so it would have to be recordings once again of some bronze age nomadic goat herders - or from others even before that!

So, where does that leave you? Superstition. Superstitions all!

Comment by Anthony Jordan on September 6, 2013 at 1:18am

Personally, I feel that your thoughts on the matter are way off. First of all, being an atheist, I do not believe that we, or anything else, was created (other than what we humans ourselves have created). Physicists have several good theories that are in violation of no known laws of physics about how the universe, in one form or another (namely, energy or matter) has always existed. According to the first law of thermodynamics, neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed. But take special notice of that first caveat, "neither matter nor energy can be created". What is the universe composed of ? Answer: Matter and energy, which cannot be created, though they can be interchanged, i.e., energy can be converted into matter, and matter can be converted into energy, but neither can be created...or destroyed.

I do not believe that we were created, and I certainly do not believe that we were created for a purpose. We simply evolved through the slow process of evolution by natural selection from lower forms. Now, some people, particularly theists, ask the question, "You believe in evolution, and that life has slowly changed over billions of years. But no one has yet explained how life itself first formed from non-living, inorganic, substances. So how do you explain how life formed to begin with, if God did not create it" ?

The thing that nearly all, if not all theists, do not realize is that nature has a way of self-organizing through the process of spontaneous symmetry breaking, and in this way it is possible that life arose from non-living, inorganic, substances.

To me, you sound like a theist of some type. I cannot say this for certain, but your blog post certainly points me in that direction of thinking. To me, the purpose of each of our lives is whatever purpose we choose to give it. As Robert Byrne has famously said: "The purpose of life is a life of purpose".

The universe simply exists, no Creator required, and we are happy accidents of the processes of the universe's workings.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on September 5, 2013 at 8:32am

sounds nice...but i think it is a non sequitur

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