Bliss

‘At what age do you think it is appropriate to inform your children that they have no legitimate purpose in life and that no matter what they do it will be for nothing?’

I have sympathy for anyone that possesses such pessimism when contending my world view. If a road has an end, why shouldn’t I enjoy the ride?
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Do such parents use the same logic when they are watching a movie or reading a book? Playing in a water park or listening to an album? All of these fun activities have an ending, an expiration date. I would never be selfish enough to tell my children, if I do one day have children, to refrain from enjoying our precious time on earth because one day it will be gone. If anything, each splash in the water park will be cherished greatly. I have more reasons to take my children places. To be that hurt by such a prospect that you inflict negativity onto your children, that is a very shitty move.

Be a better parent than that. Maybe then children won’t have to worry about what their parents think and of their own personal choices in life. Sadly, too many adults punish children for not fitting into the family ‘criteria’.

Your preferred view of this world will not effect reality but if you let your children be free to make their own decisions, their lives may one day change our reality for the better.

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8 thoughts on “Bliss

  • I assume this is a question from someone who claims that without religion, there is no purpose to life? If so, the questioner is an idiot. Viktor Frankl could have called his book describing his hellish survival of the Nazi death camps and subsequent founding of Logotherapy, one of the three Austrian schools of psychotherapy, “My Life as a Holocaust Survivor”, but instead he entitled it “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Religion may help you find meaning, but is not itself a purpose. What is a priest’s purpose? I would say, to help people with their spirituality. While enjoying the journey is important, having a destination in mind is too. Many people reach mid life only to find that materialism has become empty and meaningless. But the idea that the only “legitimate” place you can find a purpose is in religion is laughable. What is the logical justification for such a statement? Boiled down, the argument is “I’m right because I’m right.”

    • To answer your first question, yes! You have good points, it could also be said that even if God exists, why does this give meaning to life? I could argue that if I was made by God and he is in control of this rollercoaster we call life, why should I enjoy anything that comes my way? Where is my choice? I’m not sure if you are also thinking this, or just purely seeing it from a religious perspective without any evidence for a God?

  • Spirituality is a lot like life. Most people start out like children. Their world view is shaped by their church, and they conform because it’s their community. That’s why priests are called fathers. Many people then go through a spiritual adolescence, rejecting dogmatic teachings, sort of like a rebellious teenager. Finally, some will come to a crisis, often a realization that materialism isn’t making them happy, and start looking for something to give life meaning. This is where it starts to get interesting. You start trying things like meditation, reading books new and old, and breaking apart your ego, which was cocksure of itself, but was largely a construct of your opposition to authority. A great example of this is Sam Harris. He is very much an atheist, yet his book on spirituality, “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion”, shows how his openness to (skeptically) examining Hinduism and Buddhism enriched his life.

    • I’m reading Waking Up (when I can find it, I’ve seemed to misplace it.) It’s interesting to hear of an atheist talking about spirituality and how it can be a benefit. I look forward to reading it again!

      *looks under bed*…

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