Greetings, fellow Twelve Sky 2 players!
Here is an excerpt from my pseudo-religion, Icentology!
Oh, and yes. If you find yourself coming to an agreement with any of these points, I highly suggest you reconsider your outlook on life. This is a very unhealthy perspective for the meaning of life, as this essay literally measures the little value I hold for it and all of existence, pretty much.
For what purpose does life exist? A quick glance reveals that there is no reason; it is merely an endless cycle of extension through one being to another. Therefore, I will introduce several theories that grant such a perpetual concept, some impression of purpose.
The first question one would ask is, “If it is a concept that has endured since the beginning of time, surely it must already hold some meaning?” Perhaps, one could argue that ideas that held onto existence for extensive lengths of time must hold some meaning for it to exist. Unfortunately, life is too broad of a concept, finding true meaning within it would be too great of a task to discover. However, narrowing down this broad concept would allow us to examine purpose with ease; for example, let us examine the purpose of trees.
One could ask, "Why do trees exist?" The most obvious and practical answer would be to convert Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen; however, one would not ask, “For what reason are trees alive?” It does not matter whether the tree is alive or not, it exists to create Oxygen, and that is all. Through this logic, the first of three theories is created.
Practicality—life exists through practicality, or through expediency. Why does life exist? To multiply and to evolve. Taking a practical point-of-view of this goal creates purpose—all life exists to undergo reproduction and to change, and nothing more. However, life is not limited to just one goal; practicality is just the basis of the ideology of life. Broadly speaking, practicality is the creation of purpose.
If there is creation, then there must also be practice. As life develops, new goals develop; therefore, creating new purpose. However, what becomes of the old purpose? The old purpose is rendered obsolete after it is tried through application. This is the theoretical aspect, or the second theory for life. All life exists to theorize and experiment with purpose. As a goal is set, it becomes a purpose and through this purpose, a theory is proposed. One could contemplate the reason for a tree to exist and find the purpose through practicality, but the practice of this theory leads to one conclusion: the tree has a real purpose. This conclusion is the Result—the final theory for life.
The Result is simple, as it follows only two paths: success, or failure. Normally, once an idea has failed it will cease to exist, but life continues to prosper despite the outcome. Life cannot have a set purpose, because there are mixed results when life is experimented. Nevertheless, goals are temporary purposes that grant life a notion of purpose, but not full purpose, since all purpose share the same fate—failure.