What Are We Doing Here On Earth?
What are we doing here on earth? Why are we here in this world? How did we get here and where are we going?
There is very little point trying to explain or reason this out because to ask the question is not to understand the nature of our being.
It’s like asking “how big is the sky?”.
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In short, there is no reason for us being here on earth. We simply are.
In the absence of any idea of the physical singular self the question, what are we doing here on earth? has no relevance.
No other species at this current moment in time, to the best of my knowledge, asks this question. I would say principally because animals are absent of a singular idea of self.
The singular idea of self, of person, of me separate from fundamental reality, is unique to humans. It is of course part of the evolutionary process of consciousness and completely necessary for our development here on earth.
In short, we don’t need to worry about it. I could leave it there but I realise that may not be saying enough, so I’ll continue.
To ask the question, what are we doing here on earth? is to not understand our true nature but to ask it is important in order that we discover the truth.
It’s a divine dichotomy you might say.
The fool in his folly will eventually become wise – William Blake.
Identification With Thought
It has been my realisation through experimentation and self analysis, that our self-identification with the thoughts running through our minds is the primary reason that we ask the question, what are we doing here on earth?
We are our thoughts and ideas, that’s what we believe.
In fact, there is no belief or non-belief in this for many of us. There is no separation whatsoever between the pseudo identity that we have established and our true identity.
There’s only one, it’s me.
However, even to suggest a true identity exists is to miss the point.
Yes, we are John Murphy and Mary Jones that has a job and a family and roles in society, for a while at least. But there is something else other than these individual identities that for the most part escapes us in everyday life.
Religion says our deeper self has no name. It says we cannot know God, and in that respect, religion is correct, however, it fails to teach us that we are that reality.
In everyday life, we experience a constant stream of thought in the language of our birth. It hardly ever switches off.
On it goes, the chatter inside the skull telling us who we are and who we are not.
We hear a mental conversation, we hear voices of friends and relatives, we see their faces. We imagine their reaction to what we wear and what we do and what we say. We picture acceptance and rejection, love and hate for us.
We see the future and we lament the past. We imagine disaster and we fear isolation from our cohort.
We endure an inner conflict.
So we have these ideas about who we are that are grounded in symbols, imagery, words and sounds. We are the ego, we are the role we play.
At some point in life, many of us feel we are at odds with this idea of self. The conflict begins to take its toll.
The identity that has become established is no longer an acceptable reason for existing. Something else is coming through and we don’t understand what it is.
We begin to question everything. Society, government, money, our jobs, possessions and so on.
We become at odds with the world that we have been born into and identified with. We blame it for how we feel. The problem, the inner conflict with self, is caused by the world we live in.
What are we doing here? we ask.
Why are we on earth?
At this stage of psychic development, we are still very much grounded in the idea of a separate self. We can’t yet see the truth of the matter.
This Ego conflict is perhaps the greatest reason for the development of mental illness in us.
Currently, we do not know how to find our way back. We are juvenile, primitive from the perspective of psychic development and this can lead some of us to choose to check out.
Everything Works Out
There are times of course when we see a glimmer of light. Simple everyday experiences can be a way to see that there is no reason for us to be here, save for that which we choose.
However, the illusory self does have a purpose in this physical reality insofar as it differentiates us from one another here. It can be a vehicle to broadening our awareness too.
Although it rarely feels like it, this is all a game and just like a game it has no purpose.
Everything works out in the end.
Really, we have nothing to fear because all of us are checking out of here eventually. All the things we feel are so important will disappear.
All the anxiety and stress about why we exist, where we are going, is there life after death and so on will evaporate.
All the stuff we’ve gathered and all the ideas about ourselves will have no relevance.
Resources To Assist You
Quieting the mind is the single most effective thing we can do to find relief from the chatter that is responsible for the inner conflict we experience. Use these tools to help you find peace of mind and clarity.