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The Purpose of Life: Asking the Ultimate Unanswered Question

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“What is the purpose of life?” It was once said that if you want to ruin a date or stump someone, you simply have to ask them this one question.

This question has not only created and sustained religions, it has also built million dollar industries peopled with coaches, gurus, preachers and media personalities, all of whom have the single purpose of helping people find their purpose in life.

It is considered as the best conundrum that has spawned thousands of books and films and many people have claimed to have finally discovered the ultimate answer but the purpose of life remains a mystery that is yet to unfold before our eyes. Unfortunately, for many of us, either by choice or circumstance, your life purpose might never be realized.

Why do we need to know the purpose of life? When you’re drinking water, have you ever wondered why you have to? It’s the same as asking what is my purpose? Considering that you and the billions of other people in this planet, along with all the creatures in it, are living it. By knowing what the purpose of life is, we cease to waste time on the unnecessary endeavors that don’t contribute anything to what we intend to do and fulfill. More than anything, knowing the purpose of life will help us make the right decisions in our lives not only to change it for the better but also to understand our humanity.

The Purpose of Life: Asking the Ultimate Unanswered Question

So what are we here for? Unfortunately for us, we are not born knowing what our purpose in life is, or even what the purpose of life itself is. We just wake up one day having the consciousness that we are alive and that everything around us changes as we change. As children, we don’t bother with these concerns. It is only in adulthood when we begin to question our existence, and if we do find our purpose, why we live and how we are expected to fulfill that purpose.

Do you need religion to understand why we’re all here? The world’s established religions have tried for many centuries to provide a clear answer to the purpose of life. If you grew up as a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Jew, you might have been exposed early on about the concepts of life’s purpose. However, many of these concepts are formed based on the basic tenets of that particular religion. While these concepts provide guidance and are enriching, some individuals may find them a bit limiting.

In reality, you don’t need to be religiously-affiliated or associated with certain groups in order to understand our lives and the reason we’re here better. By having profound experiences or by simply living and enjoying your life, you’ll find its purpose in many things that you consider as the most important, even without becoming religious.

However, there are also many people who have been helped by their faith and religious beliefs. Does it really matter? Probably not, considering that the purpose of life exists with or without anyone or anything acknowledging it. The important thing is probably knowing it is there and we have the choice to find it.