Friday, September 5, 2014

What is Our Purpose on Earth?

Earlier this week, we were assigned to read part of the bible (Genesis Chapters 1-3) along with a few Hindu and Chinese creation stories and compare/contrast them. That got me thinking: what is our purpose on Earth? Seriously. How are we contributing to the cycle of life?

I read a couple passages to my roommate and asked her the same question, which she responded to by giving me a quizzical look and light laugh.. "Um, that's very philosophical." We then got into talking about why God created all the animals before creating humans in the Christian version of the old testament. It seems as if every organism on the planet is contributing to a cycle of life, and humans are just there to...well, conquer it all.

In Genesis 1:26, it states: "Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'"

Jokingly, my roommate commented: "I prefer the term population control."

Are we really here to just use up all the natural resources, increase global warming, burn fossil fuels, dig holes in the ozone layer and pretty much ruin life for every other organism on the planet? I don't have an answer to that question, but I like to think that the reason for our existence is not to destroy, but simply above and beyond our comprehension.

After finishing the creation stories, my only homework left was chapter one of my Human Evolution textbook.
How ironic.
Video on repeat: I'll just leave this here...