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Subject: Re: Is Life Meaningless? Date: 2/23/2001 6:01 PM
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Correct me if i'm wrong. What i'm understanding from the above is that you have arrived at your POV by observing human limitations on knowledge. Because people often stand firmly planted on opposite sides of an issue, because one scientific discovery supercedes another and changes our "understanding" of the universe, and because people in general realize how much we all really do NOT know, you have come to the conclusion that we actually know NOTHING at all? Is that a fair statement of your POV?

No, those are just examples of our ignorance. There is NOTHING that is knowable in certainty. Can you tell me anything that you know with absolutely no doubt?

I still don't see what happened to make you (not)believe as you do. All that means is that we still have a lot to learn. Knowing relatively little in the scope of the whole universe and knowing NOTHING at all are two very different things. Reaching one conclusion should not necessarily lead you to reach the other. What possible reason do you have for not believing that the computer screen you're reading this post on does not actually exist? It's really there and you are reading my thoughts as expressed in cyberspace, thus you know something.

You are confusing the every day, day to day living with knowing. Sure it is convenient to believe that the computer exists and that I am human and that it matters whether or not some guy around the world reads this cr@p. This doesn't mean I know anything. It doesn't mean anything. It is just a convenience so that I can play this game called 'human'.

Oh yes, I have a wife an kid and speaking as the entity playing the human game, I love them more than life itself. Is there any meaning to that? Not really.

I cannot comprehend such a view. Based on my understanding of your beliefs, i would have to believe that if they both died tomorrow in a fire, you would have no motivation to mourn their deaths. You say that "as the entity playing the human game, [you] love them more than life itself," but you also say it's meaningless. Thus their deaths would have to be meaningless as well, and how can you justify grief over that which has no meaning. Ultimately, they cannot have any true meaning to you.

Ultimately, nothing has any meaning. Sure if I lost my wife or child the human I would be devastated. I would grieve and feel hurt and pain and depression. Does this imply that there is meaning to their lives or that there would be meaning to their deaths? No. It just is. It ALL just is. No meaning. No knowledge. Just a bunch of stuff. And it is cool. It is GREAT. I get to be here and play this human game for awhile. Is there meaning in it? Is there meaning in a baseball game? Is there meaning in tiddly winks? No, but it is FUN. It is a joy to play this game of life. I dig it.


Ever heard of DeCartes? "I think, therefore i am."


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