Debate: What's the point?

Updated Friday 1st April 2005

Forum guest Tima asked a question that, at some point, is on everyone's mind

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I would like to hear your thought and views on - "What is the purpose of life?".....Why are we born? What is the truth of this world? Has life got rules? or is it play as u go along? Why is it from the second we are born we are dieing? In genral..What is the purpose of life?

 

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