Meditation: On the Purpose of Consciousness

If in our life we are meant to experience life, learn from it and pass on what we learn; what is the end to which we arrive in this infinite loop?
What are we ultimately striving to learn? To build? What foundation are we forming that future generations may complete our work? Is it all in an effort to travel as far as we can and collectively interact with as much of the universe as possible? What does that lead to once we have collectively crossed all space-time? Is it as simple as our construction of a new synthetic universe within our own collective consciousness with riddles for embedded worlds, such as this, cascading up and down forever in an attempt to continue the loop? Is it just turtles on the backs of turtles all the way down?
I welcome your thoughts.

Author: Dan Herr

catalyst. tech geek. ENG & MBA. tahoe raised. helping @CastleCrowCo. been @ProjectVesto, @CleanEnergyCtr, @MartisCamper, & @Cornell I invite you to visit my personal blog or connect with me @DanHerr on Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Meditation: On the Purpose of Consciousness”

  1. I’m hugely fascinated when people allow themselves the time and space to think on this level.

    Your endless loop of questions are drawn from a statement or conclusion like “we are meant to experience life, learn from it, and pass on what we learn”. Meaning that if the first assumption has any “un-truth” the questions that follow will certainly be infinite.

    It is possible that there is first an “answer” or understanding. Then no questions will follow.

    Versus questions that construct understanding.

    Does this make sense?

    1. Definitely makes sense. But to pick an answer and backfill the question doesn’t seem like a great answer to me 🙂

      To me the context of experience, learn and share is based upon testing a theory of the intent of consciousness. What is the universe trying to accomplish by our being conscious of it? And what do we collectively accomplish as a whole over many lifetimes other than experience, learning and sharing. That’s how we have developed language, science, math, agriculture, construction techniques, global connectivity, manufacturing capabilities, etc. Aside from the physical consumption and reorganization of our world, that experience-learn-share loop seems to be what we as humans and sentient beings do.

      I don’t presume that most people operate their lives with intent, but if we were to consider what that intent should or could be; what is that end game?

  2. You ask, “What is the universe trying to accomplish by our being conscious of it?”

    The Universe and/or consciousness doesn’t possess intent (like a human) because it is not dictated by the qualities of a human. i.e. language, ego, preference, cultural/social influence, physical body, the analytical mind etc.

    Most times we are too distracted by the qualities of being human to “understand” consciousness.

    But if the mind becomes quiet and there is no driving force or goal behind thought….
    What is left?

    What is present without quality?

    What if consciousness isn’t something to understand with the mind but to experience?

    There is a level at which our mind is not dictated by qualities and our idea of consciousness is not dictated by the mind. Resulting in the actual experience of consciousness rather than understanding it like a textbook concept.

    If we remove the desire and need to understand it, it is something that can be directly experienced.

    WE collectively ARE consciousness. And this is the accomplishment.

    The simplicity of it is actually quite laughable.

    1. Very valid points for sure and it most definitely is an accomplishment (likely one of the first of many), but then by your argument the only answer explaining our existence is a happy accident. I suppose I should clarify that when I say universe, I think of humans as part of a spectrum of consciousness and I personally do not think of the rest of the universe (which we experience as being separate in our space-time limitations) as outside of our consciousness, but that discussion is for another time…

      To your point, if consciousness is something to experience, each of us and collectively, what should one do with the knowledge and enlightenment attained/collected/experienced when contemplating the end of their physical being? Is that merely something not to be considered where each individual and part of the whole should simply continue experiencing that consciousness, the nirvana related thereto, and nothing more until the end? (obviously that assumes an end)

      That brings me back to the original question: If in our life we are meant to (if we should) experience life, learn from it and pass on what we learn; what is the end to which we arrive in this infinite loop?

      Are we then only looking to be in the moment and experience consciousness for the rest of time? Has everything already been accomplished?

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