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Life is, er … precious?

29 November, 2009

Meantime, over at Yahoo Answers, they’ve been pondering this question from Sam:

Are we just super-evolved monkeys clinging to a rock that at this moment is heading pretty much… nowhere?

Here’s a selection of the answers I liked:

You could say we are super-evolved from a primate branch that includes chimpanzees. …
Yeah, the rock is headed pretty much no where, but why does it have to? You are not expecting it to take you anywhere, but simply to provide you a place on which to exist. Where it goes doesn’t matter. Where you go on your personal journey does matter.

Which brings me to the part I disagree with: “clinging”. If you put your life to a purpose that suits you, that provides you with the ability to pursue happiness, then you cannot be said to be “clinging.”

Instead, you could be said to be “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.”

(from MetaNaturalist)
and this:
As intelligent as we are, the existence of our species is only a small blip in the grand scheme of the planet, and even if humans continue to exist for another million years we will *still* be just a blip.

You see, contemplations of the value or meaning of life are simply human creations. When we think about life, death and the meaning of it all, we’re really just thinking inside a box that we ourselves created. We are the only species capable of such thought, and thus we are prone to do it, however I don’t think any of that philisophising matters.

The Earth will continue to spin orbit in circles for all time, long after we are gone, or at least until the sun supernovas.

(from Canadian Bacon)
And this, from Hoodooro:
Yep, you pretty much have it figured out. Why is that not good enough? Why aren’t you comfortable with the idea? Why must there be more?

There is no need to justify your existence. There is no reason for life. But at the same time, recognize that life is precious and life is brief. Choose your actions carefully to do that which you determine to be most important at this instant.

Good luck.

Where I get stuck is with the last bit: I know my life is brief, but why should I think that life is precious?
Isn’t that ‘preciousness’ also a human construct?
So why shouldn’t I choose ‘valueless’?
7 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 November, 2009 12:44 pm

    To whatever degree that our perception is a construct we can choose our own reality. Why not choose one where a life has meaning?

  2. 30 November, 2009 8:29 pm

    I know. It always comes back to that…

  3. 1 December, 2009 12:40 am

    Or one could choose freedom from the tyranny of meaning.

  4. 1 December, 2009 9:59 pm

    Interesting! Say more!….

  5. 2 December, 2009 5:50 am

    Well it could be said that needing to have meaning for our lives is just another expression of human insecurity. Why not just “be”. I find it frees the mind rather wonderfully.

  6. 3 December, 2009 8:37 pm

    This post and a couple of others inspired my new blog post, “your-one-wild-and-precious-life” I hope you will stop by and answer the question :)


  1. “your one wild and precious life” « Breathing

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