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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Why are we here?
Poll: Why are we here?
To praise God.
To praise Tolkien.
To love.
To be loved.
To be happy.
To be all that we can be.
Because we seem to be made to suffer; it's our lot in life.
Because everybody has to be somewhere.
Because of the intrinsic randomness of quantum physics.
Because we are not there.
To be stewards of the environment.
To be a Duracell battery for our robot overlords.
To live with dignity in the face of absurdity and the world's indifference.
To consume mass quantities.
To serve the State.
To serve Man.
To serve tacos.
To be fruitful and multiply.
To eat, drink, and be merry.
To keep the dark gods of chaos at bay.
Because it seemed like a good idea at the time.
To ask "Why are we here?"
To provide a target for the next mass extinction event.
To make sure there is asparagus in April, and tomatoes in summer, and broccoli in the fall.
To serve as a bad example for the inhabitants of Alpha Centauri.
To accumulate good karma.
To accumulate bad karma.
To be excellent to each other.
To dance.
Wouldn't you like to know?
To try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace with people of all creeds and nations.
View Results (137 votes)


Jan 22, 6:34pm

Post #1 of 18 (4784 views)
Why are we here? Can't Post


Smaug the iron

Jan 22, 7:43pm

Post #2 of 18 (4711 views)
To bring balance to the force. [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 22, 8:17pm

Post #3 of 18 (4695 views)
It's, you know, Life, the Universe, Everything. [In reply to] Can't Post

I blame it on the mice.


Jan 23, 12:37am

Post #4 of 18 (4669 views)
Because our mums & pops loved one another... duh / [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 23, 2:00am

Post #5 of 18 (4669 views)
I'm not here... I'm over there... [In reply to] Can't Post

And my purpose is to make sure there are fresh batteries in the remote.


Jan 23, 2:44am

Post #6 of 18 (4663 views)
Because we're waiting for you, of course! // [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 23, 5:41pm

Post #7 of 18 (4610 views)
You mean, here on TORN? [In reply to] Can't Post

I voted for more than one reason, and naturally I can't remember them all. I'd say to eat, drink and be merry would probably be my favorite reason for "being here," but honestly, I haven't the foggiest idea!Blush

Tol Eressea

Jan 24, 12:58am

Post #8 of 18 (4586 views)
42 [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Jan 24, 12:59am

Post #9 of 18 (4583 views)
wherever you go, there you are [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 24, 8:04am

Post #10 of 18 (4563 views)
We get to make our own meaning // [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Jan 24, 8:34am

Post #11 of 18 (4565 views)
To make everybody happy by posting really cute photos of our cats. [In reply to] Can't Post


Jan 24, 7:53pm

Post #12 of 18 (4531 views)
honestly [In reply to] Can't Post

I choose to believe this, which various mystics of various religions have all said much better than I can, but at greater length:

"we choose to be born so we can learn stuff that we can't learn on the other plane, like how to deal with our own suffering and that of others, which helps us not only grow our own souls, but in the long run contributes to the ongoing creation of the universe."

But I chose "to be excellent to each other" because that pretty much is what it boils down to.

Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea

Jan 27, 5:39am

Post #13 of 18 (4487 views)
Why not? [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 27, 5:42pm

Post #14 of 18 (4449 views)
Obvious to me [In reply to] Can't Post

Christians don't have to ask existential questions. We know why we are here: to love God as He loves us and to prepare us for the next life. Heart

EDIT: spelling and punctuation

(This post was edited by Attalus on Jan 27, 5:43pm)


May 15, 3:50am

Post #15 of 18 (3736 views)
Sorry, really late in coming to this... [In reply to] Can't Post

but Darkstone this is the best thing I've read all day. Had me laughing and waxing philosophical at the same time. Loved it. Kudos many times over to you for creating this and kudos to those who responded. THANK YOU.

Sr. Staff

Sep 9, 7:42am

Post #16 of 18 (2640 views)
To praise God? [In reply to] Can't Post

If God created us and put us here to praise God, what does that say about God? Not much good IMHO.


Sep 9, 9:41am

Post #17 of 18 (2626 views)
Praise Tarim? [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't quite decide if having been Pope of the Eastern Church of Tarim gives Cerebus more authority concerning this question, or less. Then again, the anthropomorphic aardvark has also literally met his own creator (Dave Sim) for whatever that's worth!

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Sep 9, 9:42am)


Sep 17, 9:12pm

Post #18 of 18 (1418 views)
9 months, and no consensus? [In reply to] Can't Post

Is there an answer key in the back of the book? Maybe we’ll find the answer there. C’mon, Darkstone, look it up.


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