Most people do not think deeply about their worldview. Indeed, I do not believe most people could even give you a synopsis of their worldview, or if they could, their synopsis is actually the only part of their worldview that they have actually actively thought out, so their synopsis is actually their full body of knowledge. While a synopsis is helpful, it cannot adequately direct people how to act in more subtle nuances of particular situations.
So let us think about one aspect of a worldview. This aspect is Purpose. Purpose is a very broad aspect of a worldview. While we could investigate the many layers of purpose, I do not think most people even accomplish one of the first steps when thinking about purpose. What is the first step? It is asking, “Does purpose logically exist in my worldview?”
What is Purpose?
Quite simply, purpose is the reason for which something exists. Purpose is what drives us to a certain goal. Purpose is what guides the proper use of something; for instance, you would not use a pair of scissors to light a fire. A pair of scissors was created for the purpose of cutting. Since we know a match was created to start fires, then we would use a match to accomplish that task.
But the question is, “How is something given purpose?” You see, mere existence does not create purpose. Purpose goes much deeper than existence. I submit to you that no thing can have a purpose unless there is a creator acting on the thing. Purpose does not exist without a creator.
The Atheist’s Flying Spaghetti Monster
I want you to look at purpose from an atheistic perspective. Without alluding to any god at all – yes, that includes the Cosmos or Mother Nature – can you tell me my purpose, my reason for existence? The honest answer to that is, “No.”
How can I say that? Because while you may be able to conjure up a purpose in your mind, the simple truth is that whatever purpose you conjure up is exactly that: conjured up.
From an atheistic perspective, I do not exist to help others, live with others, or even just live. I simply fortuitously exist. But as we said earlier, mere existence does not create purpose. There is no purpose driving evolution. Evolution is circumstantial, not purposeful; there is no purpose behind circumstance.
Do you know what that means? From an atheistic perspective, purpose is just a big flying spaghetti monster; it does not even exist even if atheists insist it does, and whatever purpose an atheist contrives, it is just as contrived as anybody else’s idea of what their purpose is. That means a person who says life’s purpose is to destroy things is just as logically accurate as someone who says life’s purpose is to preserve things.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but so is purpose. That is, from an atheistic perspective.
What I find amazing is that there are some atheists who are okay with the idea that purpose is a simple contrivance on their part. They still claim that life has purpose even though they know it does not. That is hypocrisy at it’s highest. Why? Because they insist that God does not exist, therefore we should not live by His standards. Yet they know purpose does not actually exist and they still say we should live with purpose. Imagine a theist who says, “We know God is not real, but we will create a God anyway because without a God, we will be lost.”? Well, this is what atheists do with purpose. They say, “Purpose does not exist in actuality, but we will create purpose anyway because without purpose, we will be lost.” Of course some atheists would chide the theist for the former statement, but they do not chide themselves for their similar transgression. Indeed, there are many atheists who believe that the idea of God only exists because people needed to create a God to provide purpose to life, otherwise there would be only chaos. Yet, these same atheists conjure up purpose for themselves because they need purpose, otherwise there would be only chaos.
I am going to be exploring this thought a little more in my next blog about another atheist flying spaghetti monster. So really this blog ought to be entitled, “One of the Atheist’s Flying Spaghetti Monsters”.
Purpose, from an atheistic perspective, is just a big flying spaghetti monster. It does not exist, yet atheists will trumpet it in lectures. By the way, if you do not agree with my conclusion that purpose is just a big flying spaghetti monster, then I suggest you read the many atheists who would agree with me.