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Continuing in our series of questions about life, I want to ask why are we here? This would seem to be a straightforward enough question for us to consider after so many millenia of human existence but there are still substantial differences in the reasons given by the major faith walks and human philosophies.

Some religions believe that our life on earth is to qualify us and prepare us for the afterlife, whether through good works or the belief in a Saviour. Other religions teach that we can attain a higher level of consciousness and ultimately nirvana by right living. Some schools of philosophy teach that we should simply maximise our enjoyment while on the earth.

I had a conversation recently with a friend who said that he thought our purpose was to increase the learning of the human race because that increased the learning of the universe as a whole, of which we are all a part. It was a new concept for me.

One of the Christian traditions says that Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. This sounds good but, for me, it misses out on enjoying our fellow creatures as well. I guess I am recoiling a little from the idea of an overriding purpose as if this life is a test. Perhaps there is room for us to just grow in ourselves and with each other, and enjoy being here as well.

What do you think?