May 16, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: STARDUST

by Michael Dunn

Age 58. Harrison, ME

We are animated stardust and have as much purpose as stardust.

To believe one has found purpose is to think pretty highly of oneself. My life has no purpose other than the one imbued in it by virtue of being a living organism. I eat, breed, die. In death I hope that my body will feed other life. No, I have no purpose and I don’t think anyone truly does. Indeed, like Spinoza, I think that if God exists, God can have no purpose and no will. We just happened. I often think that “I” is an illusion conjured by matter that I call me.

No! I enjoy the huge mystery of life as much as I like thinking I’ve figured out tiny little bits of it.

Does that make me a miserable, depressed, amoral nihilist? No! I enjoy the huge mystery of life as much as I like thinking I’ve figured out tiny little bits of it. I am planting trees that others will enjoy when I’m inanimate. I have two awesome, bright children and love my wife dearly. I have fun thinking and talking about religion, culture, politics, math, science, education. I try to understand others and to love non-judgmentally. There is so much to know and I am sometimes frustrated by not being a more agile learner.

But at night, I look up and I realize that I am animated stardust and have as much purpose as stardust.

 

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