"The aim of man and matter is to create joy.
(Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba, p. 272.)
The Purpose of Life
Life is lived and goodness experienced on the level of
feeling. Feeling good is the final end result that is universally desired by
every sentient being in the universe, including God, and is the final
factor that determines whether a development is really good or not. This is so basic
that we almost never if ever think about it, and yet we can't imagine otherwise.
Therefore, the only defensible purpose of life is the
increase in morale.
Why is this never proposed by the formal religions? They are
obsessed with holding forth on the "will of God" based upon ancient
documents centered around law, but never seem to pause to get things into
the largest or best perspective. They support the idea that the Creator is justified
by making himself the center of power and control and the center of
attention. To challenge this basic premise, that God reluctantly but out of
necessity retains the power of superior dictatorship is tantamount to
blasphemy and rebellion, and it will be met finally with the worst
punishment that the mind of Man can imagine–eternal burning alive in the
fires of Hell. Such a concept boggles the mind and engenders only fear; it
does NOT inspire love toward, nor confidence in, the Creator!
As far as the enhancement of life is concerned, think about
the manifold range of aspects and features of the physical universe,
dimensions that delight the mind and the senses. Think about all the aspects
of evil that interfere with our enjoyment, those aspects that we had nothing to do
with, and are seemingly helpless to rectify.
Even better, think about the manifold range of dimensions in
the spiritual realm, all the way from the simple joy of living, facing
adventure and new experiences; all the way to the magical realm of romance, coupling and
producing children, and then watching them grow up to enjoy romance and life.
Especially because of the many ways that Jesus expressed it,
how can we even consider that God does not have a plan with a way
for our imminent salvation? Is it not inexcusable to think otherwise? How
does God feel about our thinking otherwise?
Anais Nin said of herself, "And the day came when the risk
to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
May this day come for all those spiritually oppressed yet alive!