"The aim of man and matter is to create joy.
(Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba, p. 272.)
The Purpose of Life
Life is lived and goodness experienced on the level of
feeling. Feeling good is the final end result that is universally desired by
every sentient being in the universe, including God, and is the final
factor that determines whether a development is good really or not. This is so basic
that we almost never if ever think about it, and yet we can't imagine otherwise.
Therefore, the only defensible purpose of life is the
increase in morale.
Why is this never proposed by the formal religions. They are
obsessed with holding forth on the "will of God" based upon ancient
documents centered around law, but never seem to pause to get things into
the largest perspective. They support the idea that the Creator is justified
by making himself the center of power and control and the center of
attention. To challenge this basic premise, that God reluctantly but out of
necessity retains the power of superior dictatorship is tantamount to
blasphemy and rebellion, and it will be met finally with the worst
punishment that the mind of Man can imagine--eternal burning alive in the
fires of Hell. Such a concept engenders only fear; it does not inspire love
and confidence in the creator!
As far as the enhancement of life is concerned, think about
the manifold range of aspects and features of the physical universe,
dimensions that delight the mind and the senses. Think about all the aspects
of evil that interfere with our enjoyment, aspects that we had nothing to do
with, and are seemingly helpless to rectify.
Even better, think about the manifold range of dimension in
the spiritual realm, all the way from the simple joy of living and facing
adventure and experiences to the magical realm of romance, coupling and
producing children, and then watching them enjoy love and life.
How can we even consider that God doen't have a plan and way
for our imminent salvation?