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Is life pointless?My friend and I are having this debate and I'm really curious about...

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aubplati | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM via web

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Is life pointless?

My friend and I are having this debate and I'm really curious about other people's opinions. What do you think?

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kittmanch | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM (Answer #2)

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no...actually...life is what you make of it! You may waste it completely OR gather some fame by being successful....also....its a way of thinking. If you dont value it..it is pointless...but it is exciting when you have an aim in your life.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM (Answer #3)

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If one believes in God and the Hereafter, life is with incomparable rewards for those who become faithful servants of God and work for the welfare of their fellow human beings through their actions and wealth, however meager it may be.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM (Answer #4)

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Life is only worthless if one applies no importance to it. Therefore, while one person could see life as being pointless, another person will find it very important.

 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM (Answer #5)

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I agree with the previous posts.  Life is what you make of it.  If you believe your life has no point, then it has no point.  But if you believe that your life has value (to God, to your family, to yourself) then it does have value.

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM (Answer #6)

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Life is NOT pointless! Of course, I have my religion and it gives me something to hold to, go by, and look forward to in the next life. But other people might not have what I have.

I have a family, a job, my school, and something to do. There are people that love me, count on me, trust me, and that would be sad if I was to go. I have made a difference in someone's life, and while I've never been famous and probably never will be, my life is NOT pointless.

Be busy, be involved, be engaged, stand for something, be someone's hero . . . and life won't ever be pointless.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 25, 2012 at 6:19 AM (Answer #7)

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Life has no inherent point, in my opinion. As others have said, it is what you assign to it that matters. When you dedicate yourself to something/somebody, then your life takes on meaning. The key, I think, is recognizing that the point of it all might not tie into some grand scheme, but rather is played out through one's actions and relationships.

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aubplati | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM (Answer #8)

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Life is NOT pointless! Of course, I have my religion and it gives me something to hold to, go by, and look forward to in the next life. But other people might not have what I have.

I have a family, a job, my school, and something to do. There are people that love me, count on me, trust me, and that would be sad if I was to go. I have made a difference in someone's life, and while I've never been famous and probably never will be, my life is NOT pointless.

Be busy, be involved, be engaged, stand for something, be someone's hero . . . and life won't ever be pointless.

and that is an excellent point! thanx!!

:)

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM (Answer #9)

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Life is never pointless because every second of the say holds a possibility for a different course of action. This being said, live minute by minute and ask yourself how you can do something productive for the next hour. Imagine that you were terminally ill, and how badly you would want to hold on to the next coming second. Live that way, as if this was your last day. Do not do anything silly, just realize that there are billions of other people in this world as well. Your life cannot, statistically speaking, ever be considered "pointless".

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:26 PM (Answer #10)

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Life offers each of us many opportunities. We all make mistakes, are disappointed, and feel at times as if nothing we have done is worthwhile. However, if we accentuate the positive, think on how we have helped others, the moments which we have enjoyed, the little rewards and victories we have gained along the way, one quickly sees that life is not pointless. Life is pointless only if we live in a shell and never accomplish anything in life. Hopefully, that is not the case. I am reminded of Longfellow's Song of Life:

Life is real! life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returneth
Was not written of the soul.

Not enjoyment; and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way;
But to act that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today....

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

 

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 26, 2012 at 2:41 AM (Answer #11)

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Life is not pointless. Even if you personally give no value to your own life, you have a place in the lives of others. Life is intertwined from one person to the next, no one is truly isolated.

Consider this: maybe your purpose in life is to open your friend's eyes by having this debate. Or vice-versa.

As others havesaid, life has a much bigger and better point if you value it and act accordingly.

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aubplati | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 27, 2012 at 7:18 AM (Answer #12)

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i guess... but isn't that just the point? We have to find some semblance of meaning in our lives... because it is, essentially, pointless.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM (Answer #13)

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In reply to 12:

We have to find some semblance of meaning in our lives... because it is, essentially, pointless. - aubplati

It is not pointless but essentially it is meaningful. Just look around at nature and you will find everything very meaningful. Something as small as a straw of grass to small insects like bees and butterflies are all useful for sustaining life on the planet. All are a part of the food chain and ensure continuity of life. So every thing has a meaning and an end. Life is not meaningless. And what to talk of life, even the nonliving things have some utility and value for others.

It all depends on us how much value addition we can do to our life - for the benefit of others and ourselves. The value increases as one diminishes its own identity for others. A grain of wheat looses its identity to germinate in to a seedling and then a plant to produce hundreds of grains to be consumed as food. If it does not goes through the process of germination it just remains one single grain but still become food for some living organism. So that is life and the whole purpose of life.

How can one say that life is pointless?

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hadjartahax | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted September 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM (Answer #15)

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No, I DON'T think life is pointless at all. Some others might think it is, but this will be those who have no good life; who drink, who smoke, who have no good friends, who do all but good. So it's really what you make of it. If you believe in the hereafter then you will try your best to go to the paradise instead of the Hell. Others don't believe in that there will be a life after this one, so those might be thinking 'why do we have this life' and 'why do we have to live?' If you are religous you will understand why you are living and you'll know that life is not pointless at all. It's just the way you spend your time, what you do and what you believe. But my own opinion is that life is  certainly NOT pointless.

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nicoledesilva | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted September 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM (Answer #16)

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Well I didn't ever think of this, but now you got me thinking. Its a very deep question. You have to live your life and then move on, no matter what. If you leave your impact on the world, its not going to pointless, is it?

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astrosonuthird | Student | Valedictorian

Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM (Answer #17)

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Life is never pointless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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filips | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM (Answer #18)

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At some point, life may seem so, when looking at the smallness of man in the universe, at times of sorrow, depression...Nevertheless there is purpose in being born, the complexity of this amazing process that made us come here is beyond our understanding, so its worth living and learning.

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astrosonuthird | Student | Valedictorian

Posted September 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM (Answer #19)

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The people who kills people, their life is pointless.

 

 

Am I right??!!

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discoverer | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM (Answer #20)

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In a way, yes. if you look at it that way, you are just one face among the thousand faces and you die just like that. no afterlife, nothing. My philosophy is that as long as you dont hurt anyone, everything is ok. That is why the Buddhist  way of life is wonderful. It says that nothing is permanent, and everything is transient. Gather knowledge along the way, have fun and live. you are safe in the knowledge that everything is indeed worthless.

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guigs97 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 16, 2012 at 5:36 PM (Answer #21)

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I think life is pointless on the long run of history, because life is so short. Life is not pointless if you do good to the greater good of the people around you.

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astrosonuthird | Student | Valedictorian

Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #22)

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yeah absulutely right.

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natzrichbaby | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM (Answer #23)

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Is life pointless?

My friend and I are having this debate and I'm really curious about other people's opinions. What do you think?

OF COURSE NOT!!! nothing is ever given to you without a purpose!! life has a purpose!!! but it is our job to find our puropse here on earth and fulfill it!!

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astrosonuthird | Student | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM (Answer #24)

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yes! Natz!!

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted September 25, 2014 at 4:39 AM (Answer #25)

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There could be multiple answers for this question. It all depends on what you do everyday and your beliefs in life. For example if your religion talks about caring for others, spreading the religion, and loving everyone, you're life isn't pointless. It is actually very helpful since you are making others days happier. If you play a sport or very talented at something, then again you're life isn't pointless. On the other hand if you're doing nothing all day you might start to think your life is pointless, but when you start to do something you love that thinking will change in an instance. Everything you do in your life there will be a point, either you get in trouble, help others, get rewarded, and etc. If life is pointless to you and you're thinking about ending it, that is very big problem. You'll need to have some time to think it through then, afterwards I'd recommend you start playing a sport, learning language, or even a instrument will help you. Dedicating your life of the thing you will do makes you very talented at it. If you're talented at it you will get to understand, that life isn't pointless at all. In my opinion life isn't pointless at all. You get to do all sort of things, even at your work, school, and etc. Everywhere and everything you do you must have a feeling towards it. Love for what you have and you'll prosper from it. I can understand why some people think that life is pointless due to depression and things like that, but to be honest you should be happy for everything you have, at least from my perspective. I mean if you think everything is unfair or pointless think about the children in hospital with disease, broken parts, or deformed parts. Think over that a little and you'll be grateful for everything you have. Life isn't pointless, at least in my perspective.

Short Answer:

I don't think life is pointless, for you that do believe you should start learning an instrument, playing a sport, or even learning a language.

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