[ExI] The meaning of life (in transhumanism)

Anna Taylor femmechakra at yahoo.ca
Tue Feb 25 05:13:42 UTC 2014

The Meaning of Life
To understand to the best of your capability the experiences, the knowledge and tools available to you in the given time you are allotted on this earth.  Believe that there exists something greater than yourself.  Teach to the best of your ability; compassion, spirituality and forgiveness.  Love, laugh and enjoy small moments. At all times, seek the truth.

My quote hoping to learn eventually, Femme Chakra :)

On Monday, February 24, 2014 9:09:02 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
William Flynn Wallace<foozler83 at gmail.com> , 24/2/2014 5:31 PM:

Whether 'right' or 'duty' has an existence in an ontological sense plays second fiddle in my thinking.  As a psychologist I just look at what people do.  People overwhelmingly conform to many of their family's expectations,  to their religion's, to their profession's, and to society's.  

I tend to regard being able to question and (in principle) change one's behaviour as a sign of mental health (and ethical thinking). Most people who are mentally ill are stuck with a certain way of thinking and acting, even when it is painful, harmful or against what they wish. By analogy, never questioning one's life is a form of mental condition - not quite an illness, but a lack of flexibility and potential for growth. Most of us of course never rebel against most expectations even if we consider whether to obey them or not: many make sense on one level or another. But being aware that one could do differently is tremendously liberating. 

Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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