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« Topic Start: August 29, 2008, 04:21:52 pm »

For some people I'm sure that their religious and/or spiritual beliefs have helped them to appreciate their life and try to make the most of it. I am happy that I am one of those people.

However, recently I've been coming into contact with a viewpoint where religion seems to have the opposite effect on a person: they can't wait for the next life to start, and thus disregard the life that they are living now.

What is your opinion on these two viewpoints?

How have your own religious beliefs affected your outlook on life? Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now? And if so, is that because you think this life is the only life you'll be living? Or because you feel as though one should make the best of every life they live?

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« Reply #1: August 29, 2008, 04:55:09 pm »

What is your opinion on these two viewpoints?

How have your own religious beliefs affected your outlook on life? Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now? And if so, is that because you think this life is the only life you'll be living? Or because you feel as though one should make the best of every life they live?

I tend to believe in reincarnation, so I firmly believe in living my life to the full every time around the wheel.  Much mischief is wrought by individuals who ignore what they could be doing now and look instead to the "good life" yet to come, and I tend to feel that the basic tenets of those religions that promise a (non-reincarnation) afterlife typically don't support ignoring the current life in favor of the next.
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« Reply #2: August 29, 2008, 05:14:04 pm »

For some people I'm sure that their religious and/or spiritual beliefs have helped them to appreciate their life and try to make the most of it. I am happy that I am one of those people.

However, recently I've been coming into contact with a viewpoint where religion seems to have the opposite effect on a person: they can't wait for the next life to start, and thus disregard the life that they are living now.

What is your opinion on these two viewpoints?

How have your own religious beliefs affected your outlook on life? Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now? And if so, is that because you think this life is the only life you'll be living? Or because you feel as though one should make the best of every life they live?



I'm not counting on coming back again so yes I'm making the most of life now. If I do return then that will be a bonus.
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« Reply #3: August 29, 2008, 07:48:25 pm »

I tend to believe in reincarnation, so I firmly believe in living my life to the full every time around the wheel.  Much mischief is wrought by individuals who ignore what they could be doing now and look instead to the "good life" yet to come, and I tend to feel that the basic tenets of those religions that promise a (non-reincarnation) afterlife typically don't support ignoring the current life in favor of the next.

heh...as a believer in reincarnation and a bit of a mischief maker in this life, I feel pretty sure that anything I do that causes harm, I have a moral obligation to at least try to make right, in this life, at my earliest possible convenience, b/c otherwise it will come back and get me at *it's earliest possible convenience. This is not always possible in one lifetime, or even several, if my past time memory is to be believed.

I personally believe that I live in a universe with pretty hard and fast rules around logical and natural consequences, although how that all plays out can be much to subtle for me to understand, or at least to understand very well or very fast-and so I hurt myself and other people and make mistakes at times.  So yes- I live life to the fullest I can, and accept the consequences, for good or ill.
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« Reply #4: August 29, 2008, 08:29:15 pm »

I'm not counting on coming back again so yes I'm making the most of life now. If I do return then that will be a bonus.

I like that thinking. If I happen to return, then I too will see it as a bonus.
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« Reply #5: August 30, 2008, 07:58:08 pm »

For some people I'm sure that their religious and/or spiritual beliefs have helped them to appreciate their life and try to make the most of it. I am happy that I am one of those people.

However, recently I've been coming into contact with a viewpoint where religion seems to have the opposite effect on a person: they can't wait for the next life to start, and thus disregard the life that they are living now.

What is your opinion on these two viewpoints?

How have your own religious beliefs affected your outlook on life? Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now? And if so, is that because you think this life is the only life you'll be living? Or because you feel as though one should make the best of every life they live?




I think that you absolutely have the right outlook.

There's no guarantee that any of us will come back. I truly think so, but we're talking about the will of invisible beings whose existence can never be proven.
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« Reply #6: September 02, 2008, 11:11:50 pm »

For some people I'm sure that their religious and/or spiritual beliefs have helped them to appreciate their life and try to make the most of it. I am happy that I am one of those people.

However, recently I've been coming into contact with a viewpoint where religion seems to have the opposite effect on a person: they can't wait for the next life to start, and thus disregard the life that they are living now.

What is your opinion on these two viewpoints?

How have your own religious beliefs affected your outlook on life? Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now? And if so, is that because you think this life is the only life you'll be living? Or because you feel as though one should make the best of every life they live?



I don't know if I would call my feelings on this exactly religious, but I suppose religion does inform them in some ways.  I don't really believe in a soul, but I do believe in consciousness.  I'm willing to entertain the idea that consciousness can be transmitted without a physical form.  I also believe that I can't know what death will be until it happens.  Regardless what happens after we die I think It's important to consistently improve reality.  We can do this by making people happier and healthier, being respectful of the earth, or encouraging creativity in ourselves and others.  Why make things worse when you could make them better?  Afterlife or no, I will always strive to make the most of every opportunity. 
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« Reply #7: September 03, 2008, 01:48:52 pm »





While I believe in both the afterlife and reincarnation, I also believe that you really should make the most of this life. Why not?
Besides, I would rather not meet the Gods after dying, have them ask "what have you done in your life" and answer "Not much really." How terrible would that be?
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« Reply #8: September 03, 2008, 02:27:13 pm »

While I believe in both the afterlife and reincarnation, I also believe that you really should make the most of this life. Why not?
Besides, I would rather not meet the Gods after dying, have them ask "what have you done in your life" and answer "Not much really." How terrible would that be?


I'd much rather regret the things I did that were embarrassing, and the things I tried and failed, than all the things I might have done but didn't.
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« Reply #9: September 03, 2008, 03:28:26 pm »

I'd much rather regret the things I did that were embarrassing, and the things I tried and failed, than all the things I might have done but didn't.

Exactly! To try and fail really is better than todo nothing at all. It sounds so trite, but to look back and say, "I wish" is heartbreaking to me. Better to say, "I tried".
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« Reply #10: September 03, 2008, 06:14:25 pm »

Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now?

Live life for what it is now, but you can still plan for the future. A good balance is important, but doing the things you can now are better than regrets later. I know all to well there may not be a tomorrow.
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« Reply #11: September 03, 2008, 06:58:43 pm »

I'd much rather regret the things I did that were embarrassing, and the things I tried and failed, than all the things I might have done but didn't.

I dunno.  So far I'm still worried about ending up with a life where I tried a number of options, and failed at everything significant.  It is better to try than to give up first, but failure still sucks.
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« Reply #12: September 03, 2008, 08:42:30 pm »

I dunno.  So far I'm still worried about ending up with a life where I tried a number of options, and failed at everything significant.  It is better to try than to give up first, but failure still sucks.

Oh, believe me, I know.  I've got the stack of rejection letters to prove it.

But I keep trying - because otherwise I'll always wonder and mourn that I didn't try hard ENOUGH.
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« Reply #13: September 04, 2008, 04:47:57 pm »

Do you feel as if you should make the most of this life you are living now?

No. As long as I try to keep fairly healthy and keep out of trouble, I see no reason to live it to the "fullest". Does it matter if I do? Not to me and not to anyone else.

This "living life to the fullest" just aeems, to me, to be another one of those feel good platitudes that sounds nice but in reality is meaningless.

What constitutes "fullest" anyways? To each person it would be quite different, one may think it means getting all the gardening work done while to another it entails jogging.

My outlook is not as rosy and happy as everyone elses here.
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« Reply #14: September 04, 2008, 04:58:42 pm »

No. As long as I try to keep fairly healthy and keep out of trouble, I see no reason to live it to the "fullest". Does it matter if I do? Not to me and not to anyone else.

This "living life to the fullest" just aeems, to me, to be another one of those feel good platitudes that sounds nice but in reality is meaningless.

What constitutes "fullest" anyways? To each person it would be quite different, one may think it means getting all the gardening work done while to another it entails jogging.

My outlook is not as rosy and happy as everyone elses here.

Why is it a meaningless platitude? In reality, I was given a choice to try to get a house, which as a single mom is a chore, and staying comfortble where I was. I went out of my comfort zone, and got my house. I think that's mainly what living life to it's fullest means, stepping outside of that comfort zone we all have. If you never do you never know what you can do. Is that what you are talking about, or are you talking about the "do what you want" mentality that seems to permiate the culture right now.
I'm really curious, please don't take this as an attack. I realize I can be really forward and offend when I don't mean to.
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