I shall light a candle of
understanding in thine heart,
which shall not be put out.
II Esdras 14:25
The purpose of life
First some questions. What is the purpose of life? Is it to grow,
expand, spread, be fecund and multiply? Is it to be used as a tool
or an agency of some sort, like an army? Is it harvested in some way
by the creator, like a crop or stock? Or, is it to amuse or entertain the Creator? Are we part of
a great experiment? Or part of the universe's freak show in an amusement park?
Let me ask it a different way. What would you LIKE the purpose of life to be?
Here's another angle on it. In the final analysis, after any and
every enterprise or development, there is one last or ultimate
result that is desired by every higher life form, including all humans and
"God" with human dimensions. What is this simple outcome?
This question is seldom if ever asked, and yet the simple answer is one of
the cornerstones for understanding the truth, and the simple answer should
be on the tip of your tongue and be stated with calm conviction.
Yet, almost no one can readily give what should be the obvious
answer. Until the seeker of truth can articulate the answer and be certain
that this is the SINGULAR and ONLY right answer, he does not know himself nor
others well enough to proceed very much further in the search for truth.
There are really only two modes within which one can live. If the
universe is not set up to deliver what we want and need, we live in some
level of anxiety or fear of disappointment, loss, pain, suffering and
eventually death. If the universe IS set up to deliver completely what
we want and need, we CAN live in a state of worship. Fear and worship
are the two sides of the coin, Eros and Thanatos.
Eros is symbolic of fulfillment and the seeking of fulfillment, the universal
desire to maximize the enhancement of life. Thanatos is symbolic of
death and decay and the avoidance of these, which are antithetical to the
universal desire and instinct to have life sustained and enhanced.
These are the basic ways to characterize the two major aspects of the sound
foundation for wisdom or philosophy. These two are the reference lines for
the framework or foundation within which we should
start in building a relevant, legitimate belief system. Systems that
don't address these head on are just banal, inane and worse than worthless.