WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

Posted: October 20, 2013 in EZEAMALUKWUO SPEAKS 1

by Okoye Chukwudi Charles Ezeamalukwuo

“Life is a riddle, a question.
Death has the ultimate answer
Life has a riddle, a question
In death you shall find the answer.”
-The Journey of the Soul

There are times when our hearts feel weak, and a thousand tributaries of thoughts confluence all at once, and we feel the fragility of our human lives unfolds. Emotions bombard us like countless collisions of heated molecules. We are sober. We are on the crossroads (though this might only last for a few moments). But if we can, if we do pause to ponder, We might begin to ask ourselves what being alive is really all about.

The life of a Man is to know and to love God says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but is this what all the toils and tussles are all about: “To know a God who is as variable as Religions are variable, and who we are taught to think as unfathomable itself, and to love him who is unseen.” But if this is not our life’s aim, what is?

What is the purpose of life…this is the question that has plagued humanity from Genesis. What is all these struggles for? We fight to be conceived, we are the first in the race of multitude of ejaculated sperms. We fight to survive, to eat, to get good education. We fight to get good job, to make good career, to succeed in life. We fight to win our spouse’s attention, to be loved and respected, and to bear and rear children. We fight to live and all our endeavours climax on our death bed (for those who are lucky). We are laid six feet down, and quickly forgotten. We are lost in the seas of memories. We are but a grain of sand in the shores of the dead. We have struggled, we have fought well but we lost.

Is it then enough to have lived, even for the briefest of time. Is it enough to stare at the stars with an indifference eyes, and to draw the outline of the moon with a similar stance? There must be much more than meet the eyes. There must be a spiritual angle to all these. A higher purpose maybe, a greater being at work here, perhaps God.

The average man drowns himself in the role which life has given him. He is distracted by the frivolities of it all. The trifles he makes the corner stone of his existence while the pillar of his life is relegated to the dungeon, far from the light of human reasoning…
But sometimes, somehow, in the moment of crisis, in a minute of decisions and indecisions, the feelings reveal their heads.
The tsunami of our mortality comes sweeping across the land of reasoning with such a force, that many have come to an epiphany, and other’s to suicide.
Revelations are received at this moment and the mountain beckons. The nights come with a thousand voices of summon.
Religion is thus born from Man’s quest for answers. Religion is an opium, a shelter in which he finds consolation from the thought of an eternity of death.
Every Man is intrinsically religious. No matter how scientific or atheist some may appear to be. Deep down lies this hunger, this void that all the riches in the world can not satisfy or fill. Some spend all there lives in the accumulation of wealth. Some in pursuit of pleasure, others in the quest for glory, still all of these are but nothing compared to a second spent in Paradise…Yes Paradise.
But what and where is this Paradise…

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

Lyriversity — Liberty of Creativity

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  1. LegendaryCJN says:

    You have unfortunately been running around beating the bush, with good intention though.

    Most men think that life is a gift, but I see it as, that if it is a gift at all, a Greek gift.
    The idea of man and the question or quest for †ђξ purpose of life transcends man. It would always mean different thing to different people with different kind of upbringing, temperament and weltanschauung. And as is always with humans, one group, probably those with higher number of votes, would want others, the minority to The idea of man and the question or quest for †ђξ purpose of life transcends man. It would always mean different thing to different people with different kind of upbringing, temperament and weltanschauung. And as is always with humans, one group, probably those with higher number of votes, would want others, the minority to The idea of man and the question or quest for †ђξ purpose of life transcends man. It would always mean different thing to different people with different kind of upbringing, temperament and weltanschauung. And as is always with humans, one group, probably those with higher number of votes, would want others, the minority to The idea of man and the question or quest for †ђξ purpose of life transcends man. It would always mean different thing to different people with different kind of upbringing, temperament and weltanschauung. And as is always with humans, one group, probably those with higher number of votes, would want others, the minority to listen.

    †ђξ problem of man is always †ђξ outcome of his own foolish quest for †ђξ unknown.
    Now let it be known that I said that †ђξ purpose of life is that there is no purpose! Since nobody have successfully gone to †ђξ land of †ђξ dead and back to tell us how †ђξ people there are faring or behaving; and nobody can successfully remember what happened in †ђξ past life, if such a thing exists, it is sensible and plausible enough then to conclude th

    • Vinlo says:

      @legedarry CJN- ‘The purpose of LIFE is that there is no purpose’- that is a misguided notion, “if life has no purpose then why were you given LIfe”, let it be known that I said that the purpose of life is to” LOVE ” . * To love one another so that every creature that have life can be happy and live in peace. *To love and take care of the environment that help in preserving the LIfe we have. We don’t need jesus christ to tell us all these things, heaven or hell must not exist before we should know these things. The fact that a woman will suffer and carry a child for 9 month before giving birth should tell u that there a Reason for our existence.

      • lyriversity says:

        Oga Victor, I love your comment. Insightful and laden with reason and facts. Keep it up.

      • LegendaryCJN says:

        @vinlo, I’m glad you said GIVEN and not CREATED! *Note that subsequent men were not created. According to the creation myth, the ONLY persons that God created were Adam and Eve, every other persons are born.*

        Now, good as your argument sounds, it didn’t say much. E.g, you asked, “if life has no purpose, then why were you GIVEN life?”.
        The above question sounds like the same stupid question people usually ask: ‘what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and losses his own soul?’ In line with the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, that God/the Creator is the owner of life and gives it indiscriminately to whoever he so pleases, and takes it whenever He deems it fit, the answer to the above asked questions is that ONE DOES NOT LOSE WHAT HE DOES NOT (have) The above question sounds like the same stupid question people usually ask: ‘what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and losses his own soul?’ In line with the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, that God/the Creator is the owner of life and gives it indiscriminately to whoever he so pleases, and takes it whenever He deems it fit, the answer to the above asked questions is that ONE DOES NOT LOSE WHAT HE DOES NOT (Have) The above question sounds like the same stupid question people usually ask: ‘what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and losses his own soul?’ In line with the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, that God/the Creator is the owner of life and gives it indiscriminately to whoever he so pleases, and takes it whenever He deems it fit, the answer to the above asked questions is that ONE DOES NOT LOSE WHAT HE DOES NOT The above question sounds like the same stupid question people usually ask: ‘what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and losses his own soul?’ In line with the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, that God/the Creator is the owner of life and gives it indiscriminately to whoever he so pleases, and takes it whenever He deems it fit, the answer to the above asked questions is that ONE DOES NOT LOSE WHAT HE DOES NOT HAVE.

        You also said; ‘The fact that a woman will(sic) suffer and carry a child for 9month before giving birth should tell u that there a(sic) Reason for our
        existence’. I must say also that this your assertion does not prove anything! It holds no water whatsoever. After all, some useless and harmful animals and fruit-bearing trees does same. And it is called ‘reproduction for reproduction sake’. Man gives birth to children because he was given birth to. It’s a social and not religious thing. Socially, you are expected to bear children so that your family lineage would not go extinctexistence’. I must say also that this your assertion does not prove anything! It holds no water whatsoever. After all, some useless and harmful animals and fruit-bearing trees does same. And it is called ‘reproduction for reproduction sake’. Man gives birth to children because he was given birth to. It’s a social and not religious thing. Socially, you are expected to bear children so that your family lineage would not go extinctexistence’. I must say also that this your assertion does not prove anything! It holds no water whatsoever. After all, some useless and harmful animals and fruit-bearing trees does same. And it is called ‘reproduction for reproduction sake’. Man gives birth to children because he was given birth to. It’s a social and not religious thing. Socially, you are expected to bear children so that your family lineage would not go extinctexistence’. I must say also that this your assertion does not prove anything! It holds no water whatsoever. After all, some useless and harmful animals and fruit-bearing trees does same. And it is called ‘reproduction for reproduction sake’. Man gives birth to children because he was given birth to. It’s a social and not religious thing. Socially, you are expected to bear children so that your family lineage would not go extinct.

        See, the truth is that our ‘ogaoga’ @lyriversity have said it all, and I paraphrase; people think there is a p

      • LegendaryCJN says:

        @vinlo, I’m glad you said GIVEN and not CREATED! *Note that subsequent men were not created. According to the creation myth, the ONLY persons that God created were Adam and Eve, every other persons are born.

        Now, good as your argument sounds, it didn’t say much. E.g, you asked, “if life has no purpose, then why were you GIVEN life?”.
        The above question sounds like the same stupid question people usually ask: ‘what shall it profit a man if he gains the world and losses his own soul?’ In line with the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions, that God/the Creator is the owner of life and gives it indiscriminately to whoever he so pleases, and takes it whenever He deems it fit, the answer to the above asked questions is that ONE DOES NOT LOSE WHAT HE DOES NOT HAVE.

        You also said; ‘The fact that a woman will(sic) suffer and carry a child for 9month before giving birth should tell u that there a(sic) Reason for our
        existence’. I must say also that this your assertion does not prove anything! It holds no water whatsoever. After all, some useless and harmful animals and fruit-bearing trees does same. And it is called ‘reproduction for reproduction sake’. Man gives birth to children because he was given birth to. It’s a social and not religious thing. Socially, you are expected to bear children so that your family lineage would not go extinct.

        See, the truth is that our ‘ogaoga’ @lyriversity have said it all, and I paraphrase; people think there is a purpose to life because they fear the unknown. And having had a taste of the present life, the idea of suddenly becoming non-existent or extinct now baffles them.

        Now let me emphasise that the concept of life having a purpose drags with it the idea of another life after this, which in the strict sense, implies or presupposes that there was a previous life, which has another clause attached to it, namely; ‘what man does now would determine how and where he spends the next life. This also presupposes that it was what man did in the life before that determined the present. But if the above holds any water, then man needs not worry about what the next life would bring since no one, living or dead, can remember his or her past life.
        This life-of-a-purpose argument has really been over-flogged to the point that my illiterate grand mother can understand it now.

  2. LegendaryCJN says:

    You have unfortunately been running around beating the bush, with good intention though.

    Most men think that life is a gift, but I see it as, that if it is a gift at all, a Greek gift.
    The idea of man and the question or quest for †ђξ purpose of life transcends man. It would always mean different thing to different people with different kind of upbringing, temperament and weltanschauung. And as is always with humans, one group, probably those with higher number of votes, would want others, the minority to listen.

    †ђξ problem of man is always †ђξ outcome of his own foolish quest for †ђξ unknown.
    Now let it be known that I said that †ђξ purpose of life is that there is no purpose! Since nobody have successfully gone to †ђξ land of †ђξ dead and back to tell us how †ђξ people there are faring or behaving; and nobody can successfully remember what happened in †ђξ past life, if such a thing exists, it is sensible and plausible enough then to conclude that life here is all there is (forget what religion teaches. As you rightly opined, “Religion is thus born by (sic) Man’s quest for answers.
    Religion is an opium, a shelter in which he finds
    consolation from the thought of an eternity of
    death”). And it is best to live it to benefit yourself FIRST and then those around you.
    By opinions here are mine and mine only.

    • Ezeamalukwuo says:

      Always the antagonist (He smiles). How do you mean running in circles?
      Anyway, I didn’t write this to answer question (only death can do that) but to ask the questions that life has dropped on my plate.
      Thanks for reading & commenting my good man.

      • LegendaryCJN says:

        I doubt if death would have †ђξ answer that life could not answer.
        However, as the saying goes, ‘†ђξ end would justify †ђξ means’.

  3. Sheyzznote says:

    Many times the roaring wave of the soul thus bring this question to the shore of thought. What’s Living All About?
    I cannot but say that this write up is deeper, yet shallow and unnecessary waste of time to ponder the mystery of divinity. Its simple as I’ll put it: “Live and be happy, make as many you can happy to too by living”.

    I doff for the master pen who scribbled these words for all to read, keep it posted.

  4. Stan Sixfeet says:

    eat this for the right body, drink this to live healthy, exercise regularly, love jesus and respect God do this do that but we all want to do the opposite because that’s fun………money, cars. exotic places (the taste of paradise on earth) nothing truly fills the heart. The truth is we all have our purpose here one earth and it is what u want. if u want to drive cars all your life do it everyday for the rest of ur life with joy because that’s ur purpose so that when u get up there and God asks if u used up all ur talent you’ll shout “heaven yeah!” i drove my talent down to the last mile.

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