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"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?

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