Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bill Hicks: Whats the point?

13 comments:

nothingprofound said...

"What is the point to a bunch of violets?"-DH Lawrence

There is no point.

Adyarman said...

If one is happy, one wants to go on living. If one is unhappy, one can hope for happiness en continue living. If one loses all hope for happiness, life has no point and death is considered a solution.
So the enigma is: "What makes us happy?" The answer is the point.

Derek said...

An interesting question Molly. I used to wonder this but then I thought, who says there actually needs to be a point? In truth, the thought that there may be no point to all this doesn't worry me. :-)

Erik said...

The point is always...LOVE.

Bryan said...

Technically, no. We are here because our parents procreated, simple as that. If life has a point, it is whatever we choose to make it. Personally, I choose to have as much fun and enjoyment as possible without harming others or the planet. Work hard so you can play hard!

ET said...

The point is to free yourself of what you think this reality is. Undo what you know and stay empty so that you may gain realization of what is the truth. The truth hurts, if you aren't prepared. The only way to prepare is to lose your sense of morality, sense of truth. The point of life is to know, live, and share what you can to help others know also.

kris said...

We can make of our lives what we want to. Some see no point to it and commit suicide. Vast majority of us don't take that route. Most of us are actually afraid of the impending death and do all we can to prolong life. I suppose most people are either happy with their lot or are looking forward to better days ahead and keep on living. Just trying to understand the nature of life keeps some of us busy enough to overlook occasional bouts of unpleasantness in life.

Carchar said...

Many days, if not most, seem that way to me. On rare occasions of insight (or humor) I think I see the purpose.

However - just to be deep and meaningful, profound, sage and wise, venerable, respected and extremely handsome - there is I believe an imperative in all Creation, which is a wish or curiosity. With this, is a wish or desire to communicate with others. And in this we come to realize, and come to seek answers.

Some would say we come to seek answers to our sometime misery, to our frequent puzzlement, and to our occasional real pleasure. And perhaps the best word to use ... we come to seek freedom. Freedom of knowledge. And in this I believe there is a mandate we simply must obey: to assist others to attain their individual freedom. Individual freedom precedes political and economic freedom, and so we have again communication, and above that, arts, philosophy, and greater knowldge.

But the knowledge and ability to allow or further another in their search for greater knowledge is the greatest freedom I can imagine at the moment. And to do so is the most satisfying feeling I know (although a successful bit of humor and discovery of something important and sex are all right up there.)

Dickens said it as well as anyone has, in this context:

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - Sidney Carton from A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

So there (until I get back to being ticked off about something), is my view of the purpose of life.

Adyarman said...

Theosophy identifies some sort of happiness vehicle, the ananda mayakosha, Sanskrit for vehicle of bliss.
So, according to theosophy the way to happiness is connecting with this vehicle. It is usually taken to be the same as the Buddhist principle.

Of course Christianity denies the existence of such a principle. Christians connect with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, which makes them very happy.

James said...

we shouldn't be asking "what is the point of life," we should be asking "what is the point of my life."

I believe that the way people live their lives is in many ways their answer to that very question, even if they don't express it formally.

Bill had a pretty good answer too...

Harsha said...

there is no purpose for a individual here on earth. what we have created gives us the illusion of purpose..man has evolved so complex that the reality is obscured.

Abree said...

It's true, we don't know how we (humans, all sentient beings, even the planet and universe itself) got here, or why we're here. We do know that what we project onto the universe is reflected back to us in what we perceive as our reality. The point, then, appears to be to improve our beliefs and our ability to project good things so those things can be enjoyed by all of creation.

Or a bit more simply, we are the creators of creation.

Wuwei said...

The point of life is that it is to be lived.