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" WE ARE HERE TO BURN " .....?

At a gathering of counter- cultural types a few months ago , a question was asked of the featured speaker : " why the hell are we ( homo sapiens ) here ?"
The question was asked with regard to the fact that we are the only critters on the planet that have developed the ability and the arrogance to seriously harm entire ecosystems in pursuit of our self interest , the same systems that are essential to all life on this rock !
Not long after the question was posed , a spontaneous reply emanated from somewhere in the audience : " WE ARE HERE TO - BURN - ! "
The profound nature of that simple yet fascinating response went right over the heads of most of us in the room that night , including the speaker . But in hindsight , the heavy duty and relevant content in that simple statement becomes apparent ; a myriad of practical , philosophical , and potentially horrific possibilities ..................... what comes to mind for you ?

Problem lies in the question... 03.May.2008 23:07

Physical Reality

I think that the question has no merit. "Why are we here?" The phrase implies a purpose or design to existence which is not evident. We are here because of a large series of mostly disconnected actions taken by various organisms throughout the history of organics. We are "here" (that is we exist) for the same purpose that rock or trees or birds exist. Trying to put excess weight on the matter doesn't bring light to anything, it only distracts from real issues. A more relevant question (though still a question of such magnitude that it's nearly valueless) to begin with would be: "Since we are here, what will we do with ourselves?" That is if you find any value in "big questions", which I tend not to.

Rush 04.May.2008 01:06


Why are we here?
Because we're here
Roll the bones
Why does it happen?
Because it happens
Roll the bones

Faith is cold as ice
Why are little ones born only to suffer
For the want of immunity
Or a bowl of rice?
Well, who would hold a price
On the heads of the innocent children
If there's some immortal power
To control the dice?