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Why get up in the Morning?

Discussion in 'General Debates' started by ForeverFaithful, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. ForeverFaithful

    ForeverFaithful Son Worshiper

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    For what purpose do we toil under the sun, keep informed of all the evils of this age and take chances that result in disappointment and sorrow, for what do we strive?

    I was absolutely content never having to be born, it was glorious, I had eternal bliss, I had never eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, I was in the freedom of non-existence, a stranger to sorrow and failure, never did I need to bother with my self-esteem or worry about failure.

    Why then do I wake in the morning? The only time I find true refuge from the woes of the world and my existential burdens is in my slumber where I feel no guilt nor fear, nor any anxiety, for no matter the dream, I always wake up. But woe once I do wake, for then I must toil, and strive, I must be delicate with my friends and family as not to distance them from me or alert them to my sorrows, I must strive to make a future for myself that I may prolong the sufferings of this age till I die a natural death while I am old and more weary, but when I crawl back into bed I have nothing to reflect on but my sin of sloth, and all my short-comings, only to awake the next morning and repeat this day in and day out.

    Do I look to heaven to find meaning? For if you asked me if I believed Christ rose from the dead, I would not deny it, but I see no meaning for life in that, nor do I find assurance or comfort. Is it like the Evangelicals say, Once saved Always saved? In which case I might as well be dead, is it as the Romans teach that if I do not repent of every mortal sin I may taste ever lasting torment? Must I then pray that I be murdered on my way out of confession, or that I had died a miscarriage, do these conclusions not trouble the minds of others?

    I've been a practising Christian for 2 years and everyone has told me to look to the Bible for answer, yet it's the very Bible that acknowledges this issues, for even Job cried out to curse the day he was born. The wise king Solomon denounced all the pleasures of life, understanding that both the foolish and wise taste death's sting.

    What then do I look to earth for my meaning? The very thing I resent, the very thing that causes me this sorrow, where then do I find meaning with in it? Will it not all just pass away.

    What then is the reason to live a life, is it fear of death or does life have any value?
     
  2. bobhikes

    bobhikes AntiRepublican
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    But I do it for the same reason I play the lottery or waste my money in Atlantic city. I do it for the ocassional win. It always gives me a high. The odds are better. Everyday I have at least one win in life. I get one win every couple months in the lottery and 1 win every several trips to atlantic city yet I look forward to that win.

    I think thats your answer look forward for the next good things. The bad things are always going to be there to find but so will the good things. Concentrate on the good, even if it is farther and fewer it is still a great high.
     
  3. 9Westy9

    9Westy9 Sceptic, Libertarian, Egalitarian
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    I live for the joy the next day might bring.
     
  4. Kathryn

    Kathryn Most Spoiled Woman Ever

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    I love the rich tapestry of life - I think it's beautiful. Even grief and pain have an element of glory and beauty.

    That's my personal opinion anyway, based on 50 years on this wide, gorgeous planet - 50 years filled with pleasure, pain, excitement, joy, grief, fear, ecstacy, delight, and wonder.

    I don't know the meaning of the word "boredom."

    Life is beautiful and sacred.
     
  5. dyanaprajna2011

    dyanaprajna2011 Dharmapala

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    Look beyond birth and death to the Deathless. Look beyond the many things to the One Thing. Look past meaning to the Source.
     
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    waitasec Veteran Member

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    to live...
     
  7. Kerr

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    The alternative to getting up in the morning is not very compelling to me.
     
  8. ForeverFaithful

    ForeverFaithful Son Worshiper

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    but why do that?
     
  9. Quintessence

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    Are you insensate?

    Seriously. How can you not see the beauty in the world?
     
  10. ForeverFaithful

    ForeverFaithful Son Worshiper

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    How can you not see the sorrow?
     
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    Speaking from a point of view that acknowledges the Christian god, I would say that we wake up each morning to play god's grand game of life. He created us to satisfy some needed diversion within his existence. To express a rather trite analogy, we are but mere pawns in his game of chess.
     
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    ForeverFaithful Son Worshiper

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    As an Agnostic, why do you wake up in the morning?
     
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    There is no choice in the matter. My eyes open, I no longer find it pleasurable to lie in bed, and I usually have things I've committed myself to doing before I once again tire and go to sleep. Sometimes the commitment is all but non-existent. in which case I let the passing events of the day determine the course of my existence. Sometimes this turns out very interesting, other times not so much at all. In any case, I would rather be part of the unfolding events (alive) than not (dead).
     
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    How can you find these things override the tremendous awe in the world?

    Yes, there is sorrow. It's a teaspoon compared to the gallon jug of awesome. Sounds to me like you need to stop watching the news. Watching news gives a the false sense that bad/sorrowful events are more common than they actually are. Plus, much is about point of view. Often times we create our own sorrow by supposing that the world "ought" to be some particular way. Then we make ourselves upset when it inevitably fails to conform to our unreasonable expectations of it. It makes me laugh sometimes.
     
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    I view life as a way of experiencing the beauty around me. Sure... I stress out a lot, don't get good sleep at night, dislike my job, and am bored sometimes... but I always try to remember how much love I have in my life... I have a husband, a family, and two awesome puppies. Life is just about experiencing love, kindness, and the world around you. It's so rewarding if you have a family and friends that care about you.

    Despite being unhappy at times, I am still so lucky to have life. :beach: There are many ways in experiencing new things and being grateful for what you have... Whenever I have a day off, I try to get out of the house and go on hikes with my husband and puppies. I like to feel the wind on my face and the warmth of the sun on my skin... It really brings out my appreciation for living! :)
     
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    there is no why...
     
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    I'm sorry, I don't follow
     
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    Agreed... I personally don't watch the news. I hate the media on TV. If I want updates on what is happening in the world, I will look online... I try not to focus too much on the bad. I really believe that positivity and happiness is contagious. I think this world would be a better place if everyone just appreciated all the beauty around them and stopped being so stressed out. Sure, there might be bad things... but maybe you should just sit outside in a park... listen to the birds chirping... the sound of the wind... Just feel the peace that emits from that. If you are so upset about the negativity in the world, make a change. Stop being so negative yourself! Spread your happiness to others.
     
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    you asked me 'why do that'... meaning why live...
    there is no why.

    being requires no reason, no intent...
    being is
    living is being...
     
  20. InChrist

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    I have plenty of good reasons to get up in the morning and my life is filled with so much to be thankful for. But I have noticed that more and more this world does not feel like home and I long for eternity with Christ. So there are mornings when I am not too motivated to get up. I pray for the right attitude of gratefulness and joy. I remember that my life is not my own, I was bought with a heavy price and I belong to the Lord. I am gladly His servant whatever the day or this life may hold as long as it continues. As I remember I am here to serve Him and others and not myself and when I trust His will and plans I find strength, joy, and hope for each day.


    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
     
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