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What is life in general?

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 29yrs • F •
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What is life in general?
In dealing with other humans, I find that I can't relate to any. I feel as if they're being sucked into an endless pit of drama, self-pity, posessions, ect. My perception of living is to do just that. Live. You should try and enjoy everything you can and not be sucked into depression, anger, or anything negative really. You should always be yourself. Act how you want to, taking in account of other people's responses, do what you can to make yourself happy. Also, your body is just your vessel. It's what contains your soul and being. You are just a being with a name. For example, "I am a being named Emily."

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 46yrs • F •
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While I agree, being "yourself" is easier said than done. For me, being a Misanthrope, not only do I not relate to anyone, but I can't stand the company of others. It's not a new feeling; it's been there all of my life. Thus, for me personally "life in general" is living in the now, the present moment, rather than the past or present.

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 42yrs • F •
I think being ourselves and feeling free to do so is an ideal that we all ache for. But the world is very different to the ideal that should be - children are abused and conditioned badly by their parents, the social pressures on people to be anything but themselves is probably more now that ever before, and there is a serious lack of role models as in people who demonstrate happiness that exists as result of being themselves - these are just a few out out many issues which prevent people from being who they are. I find that depression isn't something that people just allow themselves to be sucked into, it's something that develops over time and arises out of an amalgamation of issues or not being free for a long time.

What is life in general? I think life is about being free and within that freedom exploring things about the world around you that you are interested in exploring. But unfortunately, for most people life isn't about freely exploring things - it's about struggling to reach a position in life where they are free because they've been born in to a place which has not provided them with that basic human need.

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"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
 38yrs • M •
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I spent some time for a while trying to define what life is or should be. I would keep asking myself "Am I living a normal life? Is life supposed to be this bad or good?" It’s not that I felt that I should live a normal life but just that up until that point everything had been predetermined by the state education system. It feels very strange when you emerge out the end and suddenly you can do whatever you want. Only I was pretty naive because you really can’t do whatever you want. I don’t qualify to do 99% of things.

As time went on I realized that there isn’t a determined life that you are supposed to lead. Life is different for each person. The fact that so much of westerners’ early lives are predetermined by education is incidental; it could have been different (for most of history, it was). And I find it endlessly fascinating that the things that seem completely boring and mundane to me will be shocking, strange, or maybe even inspiring to others. And there are people out there who have created lives for themselves that are much worse and much better than mine.

Imagine being placed somewhere at random in an enormous maze 3-dimensional maze (you can go up and down ladders as well as left, right, forward, and back). The aim is to reach the center. There are endless corridors and choices. You can pick any way you like but some will be easier and some harder. The walls are mostly transparent but the maze is so big you can’t clearly see where the center is so you have little way of knowing ahead of time which will be easy and which will be hard and if you pick the wrong one you have to go back and try a different way. To help there are lots of other people in this maze with you but they are all on their own journey trying to get to the center as well. Some times you can go with them but that only lasts for so long before they want to go a different way. Some of them claim authority and will be very forceful in pushing you down a particularly path. Some will actively try to make you go the wrong way or simply delay you. Then occasionally people will see a way through a wall that you can’t see and will walk through it but the wall will be completely impassable to you. You may lose friends this way as well as meet new people.

In this metaphor the maze represents the universe and its full range of possibilities. The random positioning in the maze represents the chance element of your birth: some are born close to the center, some are born far away. The center is a theoretical point of bliss we are all trying to reach. In reality the maze exists in more than 3-dimensions which explains how people occasionally pass through walls that appear invisible to you. Another way to understand this is that each person is actually navigating their own personal maze and you aren’t really in the same maze, they just intersect occasionally. The center is also in a different place for each person or there may be multiple centers or maybe the center doesn’t really exist at all.

I wasn’t expecting to write all that. I guess something came over me.

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 25yrs • F •
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Your post title is "What is life in general?" and if you want an answer to that, I can give you the scientific one. If you want a better answer, I can give you 42.

As you typed those very words, someone else in the world could have looked at your life and wondered why you are being sucked into negativity, because their definition of negative things may be different than yours. What seems an absolute necessity to you may seem completely absurd from someone else's point of view. It's entirely a matter of opinion, and it is my opinion that people should stop asking why everyone else is doing things completely wrong and consider that from everyone else's point of view, what you are doing may also appear completely wrong, because it is against their own philosophy.

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 70yrs • M •
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I agree with ravenclaw. The answer to life is 42.

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