PURPOSE: THOSE 7 MINUTES

As someone who does not believe in heaven or hell, or rewards on the basis of life lived, I often wonder what the purpose of life is. It does seem rather arrogant to assume that our ephemeral lives would have a sense of purpose behind them, yet nonetheless I persist in my questioning. As has often been said, the problem with finding the purpose in life presupposes that purpose has to be found. Maybe, purpose has to be created. Maybe everyone has to create his or her own purpose.

In finding a purpose, the first thought I wrestled with was that after a certain period of time, I will not exist and life is extremely temporary. However, the problem with this thought is that it claims I will not exist. I may not continue to exist, but surely, I would have existed. And this drew me towards an interesting idea.

Although our lives will end, we are immortalized. We exist in this time, in this moment, and nothing can stop that. Let me articulate it in a more concise manner.

I think that the past, present, and future occur simultaneously. After all, what is present for us now will become past a minute later. We exist, permanently, in every single second that we have occupied. Some time in the past, you were still learning how to walk. If the past and the present do occur simultaneously, a past version of you is still leaning how to walk. And so your past shall exist forever. Those times will exist forever.

In the future, you have already died. You have ceased to exist. But how is that relevant? The terrifying thought is not of us dying, but of us ceasing to exist. And if every single one of our seconds lived are untouched, unscathed from the death that will inevitably approach, what is it there to be afraid of?

The trick is to live in the minutes, because that is where life lies. You seize the moment to the best and enjoy it, because these times are yours forever, and you are, in the truest sense of the word, eternal.

While these thoughts help me realize the continuity and relevance of life, they are far from a purpose. I will not be so audacious as to proclaim a constant, inflexible purpose for every creature to exist. I can only narrate what my purpose is, and hope it enables you to find your own.

Most people believe in some sort of omnipotent deity who watches over everything and rewards the good guys and punishes the bad guys. I personally find the notion absurd. An omnipotent being creating a universe billions of years old for the sake of a planet in which us humans could occupy a minuscule portion of history? I find the idea of everything being created especially for us too be too far-fetched, especially when you take a look at the stars and the sky and accept your own insignificance with regards to everything outside the planet. The entire cosmos remains unaffected by our existence, yet it was designed especially for us? That would be kinda like using a 2 TB hard drive for storing a three page document.

When we die, our brain activity continues for about seven minutes. In those seven minutes, everything plays through our mind in a dream like sequence, as a result of the brain secreting chemicals and whatnot. In these seven minutes of our final dream, we watch our life flash before our eyes. And my purpose is to make those seven minutes worth watching, by creating as many memories as possible.  

You will reside forever in the memories you create.  There are billions of you existing simultaneously in different points of time.  Keep as many versions of yourself happy as you possibly can.  Live in the moment,  because that is where you are fated to live. 

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Just so I donโ€™t get sued. Iโ€™d hate my seven minutes to include prison time.

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  1. Wonderful post! Very profound!! Interesting theory about existing in the past, present and future- never thought of that before. I do tend to think you have to create your own purpose and definitely agree with your point about omnipresent deities. Love your message!

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      1. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. judyt54 says:

    You and I have reached the same conclusions; life is what it is, not what it will be after we die. That way lies madness. all we have is right now, and the next right now, and the one after that. All the rest is remember what happened and anticipate what might happen.
    The part in between, where we are, is an amalgam of all of the rest.

    Thank you, aayush. for articulating this so beautifully.

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    1. So many people waste time over what is going to happen after we die. It’s there in all religions. Hinduism has rebirth, Christianity has heaven. “Enjoy the life you have, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.” I think it was Richard Dawkins, though I can’t remember for sure.
      It’s good to find people with similar views ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. judyt54 says:

        it is indeed. And more than good, it’s necessary, just to be sure we aren’t just whistling in the wind.
        I think the reason people are so afraid of death (and truly it is a bit scary to just let go…) is just that, the terror of not knowing. The desire to not want to let go of what we worked so hard to preserve. There is a certain comfort, growing up, knowing that when you die, there is a new place to go to. And we enlarge on that, we populate it, we make it like a vacation home with all our old friends and relatives, waiting for us.

        Mark Twain, “Letters from the Earth”, which was published after he died, and written from a wildly satiric and sardonic POV; if you havent read it, it’s worth the effort. Funny, and honest, and direct. I read it when I was about 18, and it changed my thinking probably more than I realized.

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