Jan 26, 2015

Journey vs Destination - Time and Purpose and Stuff

Let's get existential!!!

I was reading a post by Kristen @ See You In A Porridge (What's the point of blogging?) a while back and my initial response to it reminded me a lot of a conversation I had with Ryan about what time is.

A quick summary: Ryan is convinced that time had to start somewhere, presumably with The Big Bang.  The part that has him conflustered and bewildered is how we managed to go from a state of nothingness to all this.  I don't think there has to be an origin.  I think all that space stuff, matter or energy, could have always existed in one form or another and time has just always been going and will continue to, with no beginning or end.

Anyway, origin of the universe aside, this conversation led to Ryan saying, "But if there's no end point and time just continues on, then what is the point of any of this?"

This is where I explain myself in clich├ęs.  Ever heard the saying, "It's about the journey, not the destination"?  That's how I feel.

I think life has no purpose other than to be lived.  I think our purpose is whatever we decide it is, and it's up to each one of us to define our own values and try to live by them.  I think nothing is more important than for you to feel that your life has been well-lived.  Not anyone else's approval, or any sort of tangible results that you can point to and say, "Look!  I succeeded!"  Just your own, personal satisfaction with who you are and what you've done.

Does that make sense?

Do you think we have a purpose?  Do you put more emphasis on the journey or the destination?

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  1. I think my husband told me that the whole 'how did it start' thing is the one thing scientists can't explain, but I like your theory. the point and purpose of life kinda scares me, lol, but i agree about just living. nothing wrong with that! and thanks for the shout out girly :)

  2. Don't get me started on time! Ha. I studied Philosophy of time at uni and I just read Stephen Hawkings 'A brief history of time' and it just drives me nuts thinking about it all! You should pick up the book and give it a read, I feel like you'll enjoy it :)

    Corinne x

  3. Deep dude, real deep today. Haha!!! I When I start thinking like this, I make myself crazy. I do feel that life is all about the journey though, because we all end up at the same destination - death.

  4. I think I alternate Journey/Destination But I have been told I need to slow down and smell the roses so I guess I usually focus on destination

  5. I always live by the 'I could get hit by a bus tomorrow!' philosophy - it sounds a little morbid but it makes me remind myself to live in & enjoy the moment :) You can't change the past, you don't know what's coming in the future so you may as well make the best of what you have here & now!
    So I agree, the journey is what we're here for, it's nice to have checkpoints & set yourself mini destinations on the way. I recently read a great quote which said "Never let setting goals deprive you of taking interesting detours" :)


    1. That's a great quote! And actually reading some of the responses from this post makes me realize I am a little guilty of that, despite my philosophy.


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