Value is man-made. We give things value ourselves. If you think there is not value in your life? then their isn't any but if you choose to cherish your life and live every second for enjoyment and to the fullest then your life is as valuable as it gets.
I don't believe in souls or deitys and I consider life precious and invaluable because it is finite. Life is precious because it is meaningless. We don't need to be here? it achieves nothing at all and yet it is a wonderful experience we are lucky to have.
I agree, value really isn't anything but a manufactured idea by man. Nothing in this universe really has value, that is why we make our own. We put value into our lives to give them purpose and the great thing is we can give ourselves purpose just by believing we have one.
Yes and you make a good point there too. Our natural purpose in life..,(judging on our instincts and patterns displayed in nature) is to reproduce and continue our species. Survival is the main objective.
so it seems like we actually agree in a way. There really isn't value to anything aside from what we make up in our heads if this is all there is.
where I disagree is that I believe that there is objective value to people. I think an understanding of that leads to traits like love, mercy and sacrifice; the things that break to mold of survival instincts. That is why people will give there lives for someone else, or suffer for what they believe in.
I think that everyone has a subconscious understanding of that value and that's where we differ from the rest of creation (and thats also why athiests share those traits above). looking at the poll, the majority of voters said that they believed that we have infinite value even when there's no logical reason to think that.
Well, me being a Christian, my mission in life is to serve and glorify God, as well as spread the good news of His saving grace. I believe God sent His holy, perfect Son Jesus to die for my sins so that I wouldn't have to die and burn eternally in hell for my sins.
Supposing that there is no afterlife (which there is), that would mean that my life would be meaningless. Equally as true, life itself would be nothing but vain illusions of self-importance since everyman dies and when they're dead--well, why should they care? They're dead!
I suppose everyone has their own purpose in life. But without an afterlife, without God... there really isn't a point is there?
Surely it doesn't matter whether there is an afterlife, what makes your life valuable is the positive influence your life has had on other people. If I die and no one remembers me, my life was useless, but if people rejoiced at the memory of me, for some deed I did, then whether I was conscious of it or not, my life would have had infinite meaning. That's just my opinion.
i really dont believe in anything after you die, your dead and thats it but it really makes you think a little. what is your life, what is the value. my answer and opinion is, its what you want it to be and what you make it. I think its different for each person to choose what there life is, that is if they believe in an afterlife then thats what they go through life for. myself, i want to be able to live forever but a lot of people will think that sounds crazy when it actually isnt so dont say anything about that little bit there. so yeah, life is what you make it out to be.