Ask C-Mass

Caden Massey

“What is the true purpose of life?”
Thank you Ryan for the great question. I’m starting to like the questions people are submitting to me a lot more than I thought I would.
A classic question. Some people think that the purpose of life is to get to a good after life, some think that your purpose is to do good while you are on Earth, some say it is 42, and some think life has no purpose at all.
I do want to say that my opinion is not the answer. Any belief is a valid one, and if you disagree with me, that is alright.
I subscribe to the idea that life has no purpose. I do really think we are here by a cosmic coincidence. I don’t think that we cannot make our own purpose. I guess what I’m saying is that you should do whatever you think your purpose is.
If you want to spend your short time on Earth serving others, or maybe spend it in pursuit of happiness, or maybe even spend it being a jerk to everyone, then that is your right to do so. Do what makes you feel like you have a purpose.
While I do think life has no inherent goal, I do think you should define some of your own. It can be very damaging to have the mindset that your life has no meaning, so instead of being sad that you have no meaning, just create one. Let’s say you are feeling like life is pointless. Make someone else’s day better or make someone else fulfill their purpose.
If your purpose is to damage other, you may want to rethink your purpose, because I don’t think that is very helpful.
I will remind the readers that shaming people for their beliefs on their purpose is a really bad thing to do. It is wrong. Some people believe in an afterlife and that’s cool.
Anyone trying to shut down someone based on their religion is being a pretty disgusting person. We need to learn from each other and embrace new and different ideas.
The last thing you want to do is be in an echo chamber with the same ideas.
This is not necessarily a bad way to think either. Like I said earlier, all mind sets and beliefs are valid.
If you do feel similarly and you feel negatively about that mindset you should reach out to people in your life or a professional to find some guidance.
I recommend the counselling center of campus, or some other professionals who are able to help and guide you.
Thank you Ryan for asking such an insightful question. I love answering questions like this, because
I am an open book.
This is also a deeper question that will encourage a conversation, which is the best thing for the world today.
If any other person out there has questions that they want me to weigh in on, feel free to email me at [email protected] or slip it under my door at SUB 143.