” Again we all have our own subjective purposes but some would like to think there is a higher purpose provided for us, perhaps by a creator.
It is a matter of debate whether this would make life a thing of greater value or turn us into the equivalent of rats in a laboratory experiment.
Is the meaning of life internal to life, to be found inherently in life’s many activities, or is it external, to be found in a realm somehow outside of life, but to which life leads?
In the internal view it’s the satisfaction and happiness we gain from our actions that justify life.
The threats of nuclear war, environmental poisoning and other possible disasters make it necessary for us to get it right.
For if Hannah Arendt was correct concerning the ‘banality of evil’ which affected so many Nazi converts and contaminated the German population by extension, we may agree with her that both Western rational philosophy and Christian teaching let the side down badly in the 20th century.
To suggest that there is demonstrates not so much arrogance as a lack of imagination.
Another way of rephrasing the question is “What is the purpose of life?
This does not necessarily imply a selfish code of conduct.
The external interpretation commonly makes the claim that there is a realm to which life leads after death.