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Logic posted this thread...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Just for some deep thinking

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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

42
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
 
Not seriously, of course. That's just a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (best books ever!) reference.
 
I think the meaning of life is to live like Jesus.
Cheesy, I know. :P  But true!
 
We must dedicate ourselves to prayer and Bible study. The eternity after this life is what we need to be working towards. :)

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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Hehe, I went back and reread this thread (your post and mine), and I realized that you said "deep thinking". Which is funny because in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, "Deep Thought" is the computer that came up with the answer 42.
 
 
 
 
Weird.

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dainbramaged replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 11:22 am

I'm not sure. I don't think there really needs to be a meaning, you know? One of those things better left unsaid.

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An-eloquent-leafThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Personally, I think the meaning of life---or, in other words, the meaning in life---is when you help others. I've found that when I aid other people without having to and without receiving a reward/getting paid, I feel like I actually have a purpose in this world. This can be physically, like helping out in a medical clinic; religiously, like trying to spread the word of your religion in a positive light; economically, like donating money to a cause you believe in; et cetera. That, and to learn about something(s) you're passionate about (rather than being forced to).
 
However, I also think the meaning of life slightly different for everyone. It's subjective.

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contemplatorThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

When I was taking driver's ed, Grandpa was giving some behind the wheel training. He is a fanatastic teacher, not just because of his clear lecturing on blind spots corn fields, but because of his stories about him making mistakes. These mistakes were never intentional, and always happenned when noone expected it.  Once he converted a fancy car into a roofless one. It wasn't his car. He wasn't even driving it! He was driving the tractor that went over the car, scraping its roof off!
 
Thats off topic. While in one of his sessions, he was teaching me how to drive with a trailor in reverse for half mile down the gravel road. And he told me that most people fail at backing up with a trailor because they never make small corrections. As soon as you notice the trailor is veering too far to the left, you correct it by turning the wheel to the left. Most people, he said, wait until the trailor is half way off the road.
 
Grandpa also taught me how to drive a tractor in the field. We were pulling a digger that day. At first, I drove all over the place. I kept looking at the large wheels that were on each side of me. This kept me from driving straight. It was hard to look straight. Grandpa told me to get parrallell to the row next to me, then look straight out and choose a landmark. This way, you'll notice right away when your getting off track, so you can correct yourself. When I looked at the wheels, I didn't know where I was going in the first place, and by the time I notice I was off track, it was too late.
 
What I'm trying to get at is that life is filled up with corrections. But most people look only at the wheels. They wait for their trailor to be off the road before cranking the steering wheel to correct it. Most of the time, they don't even know that they have to correct anything.
 
So, what is the point in life? The point is to back up straight for half a mile without any mistakes to begin with. To cultivate an entire field with straight passes.To draw the perfect circle, or bake the perfect cake.
 
To live a perfect life.
 
And what happens when a perfect life is not lead? It becomes what life is not. ex. A non-perfect circle is no circle at all!!! A straight line that is not straight is, in fact, a crooked line!!  A non-perfect life is not life, but death.
 
God does not tollerate imperfection. But He loves us.
 
This is why He sent Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus was the only one who completed life as the way it was meant to be, perfect. When he was crucified, his mission was complete. His life was lead without any mistakes, therefore he had no need of any correction. What happened was Jesus drew the perfect circle. He threw away our paper and gave us his. He told us to stop with our ways and follow Him. When you become a christian, the point for life changes. You are no longer striving for a perfect life, but learn how to give perfect love. With this perfect circle, drawn a piece of paper, we try to trace it. Ofcourse we will correct ourselves when we see our pencil is veering to far to the edge of the line, but the point has changed to just tracing the circle as best as we can.
 
 

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Diffuse replied...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

perhaps putting it another way is that.. the meaning of life... is to give it meaning. To succeed in life by doing whatever ends up with you being happy or satisfied...
Most people cannot bear dying out without doing a deed that lives on, at least for some time... so the meaning of life can be to do an immortal activity.
Others set a lower sight, and just try to be happy. Fall in love.
So thats the meaning of life generalized for the common people who are not into self-actualization.

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contemplatorThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I find myself thinking about this throughout the day. What half.note has said, and what leafy has said are both true. But they aren't true by themselves. They are just small glimpses at a larger picture. A picture of such magnitude I can't even wrap my mind around it. This picture is love. 
 
Simple, pure love. Love shown to us by God. By Jesus. I can't even begin to explain what the meaning of life is because its so... so powerful. The life we live at the momment is just that, a momment. The life after this death is what I'm looking forward to. 
 
I'll have to gather my thoughts. I'll post more later.

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contemplatorThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

 
I find myself thinking about this throughout the day. What half.note has said, and what leafy has said are both true. But they aren't true by themselves. They are just small glimpses at a larger picture. A picture of such magnitude I can't even wrap my mind around it. This picture is love. 
 
 
 
Simple, pure love. Love shown to us by God. By Jesus. I can't even begin to explain what the meaning of life is because its so... so powerful. The life we live at the moment is just that, a moment. The life after this death is what I'm looking forward to. 
 
 
 
I'll have to gather my thoughts. I'll post more later.

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Oct. 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

42! The answer is always 42!!! lol At least according to Deep Thought. The questions really is....
What is the question to Life, the Universe, and Everything?
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy... GREAT book!

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Oct. 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

The purpose of life in general- the reason we are on Earth at all- is to learn and grow.
 
The meaning of life is entriely separate, and I agree with Diffuse. The meaning of a life is determined by the person living it- you choose to make your life meaningful.

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Diffuse replied...
Oct. 28, 2012 at 3:32 am

yeas, to learn and grow. thats true too. sometimes maybe we can get stuck up asking the wrong questions. Paulo Coelho turned "who am I?" into an answer-- "I am."

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Nov. 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

>.< Awww....I was gonna say 42. *sigh* Ah well...Late to the party...*leaves*

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