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"People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive."

Joseph Campbell

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When I close my eyes for the last time I want to be sure I've really lived my life.

Yes!

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Yep. I get that. Feeling alive has its own meaning.

And the 'Tuck Everlasting' quote always comes to mind - "You don't have to live forever. You just have to live".

7

Life itself is meaningless. What makes life interesting is the purpose you put into it.

ruben68 Level 5 June 24, 2018

Agreed

Yes

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I usually quip at theists by mentioning since their god has benevolence their life has no meaning as it's already known before they were a twinkle in their parents eyes.

I go on to argue that we atheists are the correct ones as we don't attempt to sully such plans with pleas in the forms of prayer, and vain bribery in the form of tithe.

As George Carlin put it "What's the point of having a divine plan if every two-bit-schmuck with a two dollar book can come along and fuck up your plan?"

Then again, this quote puts it quite succinctly, and I may have to borrow it. smile007.gif

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This is beautiful and definitely resonates with me!

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I always did like Joseph Campbell.

I came to the conclusion that the meaning of life is up to us to decide on an individual level. It kind of runs that same line. How a person "feels alive" differs from one to another which is what leads me to believe it really is an individual ideal and decision.

I honestly believe this is so many religions fail. They try to get everyone on the same page, make everyone comply to the same life and rules. That just isn't real and leaves way too many people feeling empty and lost.

AmyLF Level 6 June 24, 2018
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This probably won't be popular, but from an evolutionary point of view, everything we do is what our genes compel us to do in order to get the genes into the next generation, so successful mating and survival of our children is what motivates us even if it isn't perceived as such. "The Selfish Gene"

we are certainly more than hormone- &/or gene-driven biological mechanisms.

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I think what we seek is pleasant feelings, which I think is why some people get addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, and even murder, etc.--because for them, it causes pleasant feelings.

By the time people get addicted it is no longer a pleasant feeling, maybe initially, it’s maybe for so many reasons, no self control due to unhappiness, depression, tiredness, stress, if you have had the shittiest day, the actual action eg cocaine the snorting and smell of it, escapism, but maybe had so much fun for a long period of time, but with time when the reliance to get thru a day is not a pleasant feeling, maybe if you can relax and enjoy it, but more often people by this stage are using and depending on it to prevent eg hangover coming in, shakes, sweats...cocaine if you haven’t slept you buy more if sleeping isn’t an option!! For some eg cocaine is maybe the addiction, but because it can cause anxiety then this then encourages drinking. I don’t know all my friends were experimenting with drugs, I found it quite worrying watching someone that had taken ecstasy, purely as some struggled to speak, chewing their faces off. Rolling about often speaking or doing things that were quite amusing, tthinking that they were putting money in cigarette machine which didn’t exist random comments, like a someone sleep walking/talking. I have had a very adventurous spontaneous life, I’ve seen and done more things than most, however Im still trying to find contentment and happiness, so I escape in whatever way I can

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smile015.gif Joseph Campbell smile015.gif

Qualia Level 8 June 23, 2018
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‘What is the meaning of a flea?’

-Joseph Campbell

MJF6922 Level 4 June 24, 2018

"I don't have to have faith, I have experience."

Joseph Campbell

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I think facing obstacles and challenges and overcoming them is a huge part of it.

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I stopped wondering why i am here and just try to enjoy being.

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I like this quote.

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Smart!!

Etre Level 7 June 23, 2018
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I think most of us are seeking to make our own life meaningful to us and to achieving happiness.

jlynn37 Level 8 June 23, 2018
3

Existence of any living creature boils down to what will you do next... and why.

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Interesting point. Existentiallism is an encompassing. In psychology, Maslow's hierarchy of needs covers most the self needs by his second tier. It's when we get to a higher sence of existing that we can then supercede the ego and work towards the larger ideas of community, and global issue. Beautiful quote though.

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so wise.

hankster Level 9 June 24, 2018
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Indeed. For me, it's those fleeting moments of joy, or having a delightful chance conversation with a stranger. The random, strange and unexpected are foundations in my life.

my life thrives on similar events, & i love the uncontrollability about it.

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Good point..,I was a fan of Joseph Campbell, studied his works but cannot remember anything clearly now! But, i learned a lot from him.

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Couldn't possibly agree more ...

PraiseXenu Level 6 June 23, 2018
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Joseph Campbell was my hero.

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Fantastic quote

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The meaning of life is that it ends.

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Campbell was brilliant in ways that many aren’t. I think happiness and belonging are often confused with meaning and purpose. A healthy experience of life goes great lengths toward achieving real contentment.

MJF6922 Level 4 June 24, 2018
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