We (meaning yours truly and this site) are probably here simply because God has warped sense of humor. Apart from that, and without any of the “vision, goals and objectives” stuff that big business and other really organized folks like to think about, write down and spend entirely too much time pondering, here are the:
Reasons for Our Existence.
1. To promote THINKING. That seems like a fairly simple concept, huh? However… over the past umpteen years, I’ve noticed a conspicuous absence of this reasonably simple process. It’s not that we’re not thinking about stuff related to personal survival, work, family matters, food, entertainment, the world situation, and a whole pile of other things - we are. We are also spending a bunch of time in Numbsville – such as watching TV, listening to the radio or surfing the Web. No, I’m not saying all programming or web content is bad and yes, diversions from reality are occasionally beneficial, but many of us have gotten almost addicted to having a continual flow of information (using the loosest possible connotation here) into our little brains. Very few of are taking any time at all to think about why we are the way we are, why we do the things we do and why we even exist in the first place.
It would seem to me that since we’re all spending an indeterminate amount of time wandering – and frequently stumbling – around on this planet, it might be beneficial to spend just a fraction of our day learning – or at least thinking - about why we’re here and just how the hell this whole life thing works. And no, nobody has all the answers to any of this. There are however, some neat, positively oriented theories floating around that are worth looking into. Just the process of learning about some of the possibilities is not only a good diversion from our day-to-day routine, it can also reinforce the premise that we all are smack-dab in the middle of an amazing, wonderful, kick-ass existence! The Big Picture is not nearly as bleak as it may first appear!
2. To promote QUESTIONING. Of everything! And I don’t mean in a negative, tear-apart, destructive way. I’m talking about in a positive, fun way as a means of learning more about alternative ways of thinking about all kinds of different things. We have all learned from the information, experiences and events that we’ve been subjected to for as long as we have been alive. We have all been programmed (and this is not to be taken with a negative connotation) to think, believe and act as we do right now. None of us – repeat, none of us has had the wonderful (and mythical) opportunity to be exposed to 100 percent accurate, beneficial, life-enhancing information.
Unfortunately, many of us have been altogether too accepting of the information (and yes, subsequent programming) that we have received. We unquestioningly forge ahead (or trudge dutifully – your choice) through life thinking that this is the way life is and that this is as good as it gets. Our perception of life (ours and all that is around us) is our reality. We live in our own personal world and because of our individual experiences and programming, it is different from everyone else’s world. What else is “out there”? What other ways of thinking? What can I learn that will help me better understand who I am and why I am the way I am? Will this help me better understand why others think and act as they do? What can I find out that could help make my life a little easier and a little more enjoyable? I repeat – the Big Picture is not nearly as bleak as it may first appear!
That’s it! THINKING
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." - Albert Einstein
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