I dont do anything because i dont know the meaning of life

while this does seem a bit strange and stupid, i can't bring myself to do any of my daily responsibilities because i'm unsure what my purpose is. i have many interests but i don't pursue them because in the end, what's the point of knowing anything at all? i've tried to stop these thoughts many times but i cannot seem to get them out of my head and my habit of doing nothing is only making everything worse. while i know this likely is not normal i would like to know how many people have succumbed to this miserable routine. if you have the time and wisdom, please offer advice as well.

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  • To offer a different view from RoseIsabella's -

    I'm an atheist and an absurdist. I don't believe life has objective meaning or purpose. I don't believe I exist for any actual reason. However, I'm one of the happiest and most fulfilled people I know. Turns out that once you accept that life is pointless, you can get around to enjoying it a lot better.

    Just think about it. Why are you so fixated on purpose, anyways?

    "i have many interests but i don't pursue them because in the end, what's the point of knowing anything at all?"

    So what if there's no point? There's no point in doing nothing, either! Pursue them anyways!

    A plate of pasta doesn't taste good because it holds cosmic significance. It just does, so go ahead and enjoy it. There might not be a God to award you for being a good person. But it feels good to be good, doesn't it? Your accomplishments don't matter to the universe, but they matter to you. And that's all you really need.

    What are you worried about? That if you go out and enjoy yourself even if you don't know what the meaning of it all is, you would have... wasted your time, maybe? If it's pointless to pursue your hobbies, isn't it just as pointless, maybe more, not to?

    You don't need a reason to enjoy your life! What are you waiting for? Go out and do something! What do you have to lose?

    If there is a meaning to life, you're not going to find it by sitting in your house and meditating.

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  • I think you should play some music that you like, and just do a few basic things for starters to help yourself. It's not always necessary to know the meaning of life to do the next right thing, dear heart.

    My Catholic therapist once told me that the meaning of life is to know, love, and serve God; I believe that is directly from the Baltimore Catechism if my memory serves me well.

    Even though the above sources would be considered Roman Catholic I believe that this could be applied to just about anyone, of any faith, and even to a person who is an agnostic. You could substitute the word God with Higher Power, and even apply this concept for an atheist. I think it would behoove just about any one to know, love and serve nature, and good in the world.

    I want you to know that I appreciate your question, because I think it's normal to wrestle with these sort of existential issues. Maybe you could just do a few things simply because it just might give you a feeling or satisfaction, and accomplishment.

    I wish you all the best!

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    • thank you very much! this was a very thoughtful response. :) best wishes to you as well

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    • Hmm not too bad a response, but atheists don't need "Higher Powers"! Yep, being in touch with nature and other people and doing good, but atheists can do all those things too

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      • Well, I don't know if OP is a person of faith, an agnostic, or an atheist. I wish OP would share his, or her perspective on this, but it's also if he, or she wants it keep that private too.

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  • I feel you

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  • I am a little worried by your post as it sounds passively suicidal. If you are depressed seek help.

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  • What are you a robot? You dont need a purpose to continue to live. Just make your own goals for life.

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  • Dude, chill out; that's really sinister.

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  • The meaning of life is being alive, isn't that enough? Enjoy what you enjoy as long as it doesn't hurt others or yourself and if you want to change the world for the better, there are plenty of ways to do that.

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  • My purpose is clear - I want money and power to satisfy my ambitions.

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  • I suppose you could go down to your mother's basement with a bag of cheese flavored junk food, and eat it. Perhaps this is the meaning of life you are searching for.

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