The Purpose Of Life, Continued (With Hallowe’en Tie-In)

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The violet described last Monday sprouted, grew and should have died unseen and unknown, except there was that “cover activity” devised by a kid.  This was not in hidden jungle space or in a spot in a desert too far to venture.  It was ordinary Midwest America with reasonable lawn care and not much crime.  It’s understandable remote comes to mind.

What is all the stuff in the jungle for?  There is no real reason for it.  It just is.  In that case, there’s no real reason for anything else, either.  If something came to be somehow, it should simply “grow and bloom,” which can be a little detrimental to other beings around, admittedly, but that’s beside the point here.  Morality is other chat. 

While it can be said existence has no evident purpose, and obviously at least some of it is maintained as a result of costs to others, it’s certainly not unknown for some other even unlike beings to help one along.  The “one” should be grateful, perhaps, and think kindly of any helping ones at times and, based on what for, even after they’re gone.   

Christian traditions declared this as All Hallows’ Eve and that followed by All Hallows’ Day, of course; it remembers those who are no longer here in material form.  If all the beings that exist have no other purpose, then it’s fitting that any that voluntarily contribute things to the good of others be recalled as a  matter of standard practices. 

Thinking can easily go off in odd directions.Airplane 

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The Purpose Of Life, Continued…

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More than 75 years ago, the family residence was half of a double house.  There were firm instructions about “stay on your side of the place.”  And for close to ten years or so that command was dutifully obeyed.  Going from backyard to front (and vice versa) was done by clambering through that house, as the only sidewalk was along the other side. 

The sidewalk from front to back was not the only nice item the owner’s side had.  The command was not unreasonable on the whole and probably suitable for any little kid.  It be inconvenient, nonetheless, since there were steps.  It was possible to go around the place on both sides but the side rented was nothing but the often muddy easement area. 

After those years of faithful obedience, one bright sunny, day there was reason to go around to the front, and with a muddy, dank easement area there the thought came, what was bad about using the sidewalk?  At the side of the porch it was realized the “trespass” was visible to everyone around including across the street.  So, case of think fast. 

Pretend to be hunting for something in the grass, as if an item was lost came to mind. In the then crawling around on the ground, a large leaf under a bush by the next home was moved.  Behind it was a stately, near perfect violet which could not have been seen by anyone.  A thought came:  what possible purpose did it have there, so hidden?  None. 

Some things stay with one for a lifetime.Coffee cup 

The Purpose Of Life

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You, the florist, the farmer, the wind in some way plunk a seed in the ground.  At least in the first three instances the reason is to create a plant.  That may be for no other reason than to just be doing something.  More specifically there may be other reason, like creating a decoration or a scientific experiment.  That’s the “planter’s” purpose. 

Whatever the planter’s purpose is, however, insofar as the plant goes, unless there is clear-cut communication in it, the only possible purpose it could be aware of would be to continue to exist according to the parameters of the plant and all living things.  In short, it’s purpose would be to grow, bloom, etc.  The planter’s reason doesn’t matter. 

Such concepts are tricky due to “the little word” (of, to, for, in, etc.).  “Purpose of life” and “purpose for life,” for example, are different thoughts neither of which means the same as “purpose in life.”  Assuming plants (and maybe animals) can’t formulate any such notions, only the higher form (or forms) of living could make such distinctions. 

On the human level people may have reason to encourage the development of plant, animal and even human life as far as humans can be a part of it, but even if all conditions are apparently arranged correctly, the life may not sprout.  A conclusion is, humans are not the ultimate decision makers beyond their own “grow and bloom” and personal choices. 

Only maybe is there such a thing as destiny.Coffee cup 

Sailing Ships

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So it was Columbus Day today.  Italians perhaps celebrated and the post office was closed.  Some other offices either couldn’t afford it or didn’t care to be bothered.  While a very, very few of us might have come into existence had he never set foot on a ship, millions upon millions of unique humans would never have been created to be doing things. 

Neither the image above nor the one below is an image of a sailing ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1492.  Those are merely meant to be a reminder of the transportation in use then.  In a sense they were as precarious as “space ships” now floating around in the heavens above.  It isn’t simple thinking who will exist in 500 years to be doing things. 

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Let us think of Columbus about our existence.Thumbs up

About The News Of The Day

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Contrary to some opinion, the most important day’s news is the local crime report, particularly theft and violence of major proportions, especially if successful.  This informs people where there may be danger.  Any other danger to the public, such as an accident causing air or water pollution over an area, is also of sizable importance as a rule. 

Other things of importance, but not so much as those, boil down to what affects people, the general public as a whole but not necessarily all people.  That includes many things from the weather to taxes.  Something like missing persons is not news but something that needs publicity in hopes of help to find them.  Other items can be publicity, too. 

The point is who is or is not running for a public office, especially locally, is not really a big news item short of something questionable.  Entertainment matters, generally, aren’t news, and who got married or divorced is of no real consequence to anyone else and not really worth one’s time for some attention to it.  There’s other useless, too. 

It may not be a case of “If there’s a market for it.”  The buyers in this case may simply be seriously mislead.  It’s there, so it’s assumed it’s what’s important.  And, that’s because it’s supposed to be what’s important.  One thing a person can do is “walk on by” if it’s of no personal value immediately seen.  It takes time find what’s of value. 

Staying informed is vital to life.Black Sheep