I spent 2 days trying to answer this normally. I wrote logical answers. I wrote stereotypical answers. I wrote safe answers. But I hated all of them. So I wrote this instead:
We are organic beings made up of bones and muscles and water and a brain and some other stuff.
The hard sciences tell us we have a number of purposes for life: we are here to reproduce; we are here to continue our evolution and further our species; we are here because we are a higher form of being that has developed a type of higher thought and out-survived our competition.
All the world religions have their own reasons for being: we are here because we were created to exist and live now; we are here to be good to one another and live good and moral lives; we are here because it was meant to be.
Regardless of which reason you think is most accurate, none of them explain how you are supposed to be happy.
So what do I think is the point of life?
I think we are a very selfish species who thinks far too individualistically. We have developed higher thought and are able to be self aware, but we seem to take that to mean we can only be aware of ourselves.
We are just one species out of millions, on one planet out of billions.
Think about that for a moment. There is so, so much more out there. There is more than what is in your city, or in your country, or on this Earth.
Our lives, our generation, our species’ existence, is just a small marker on the massive timeline of the universe. The point of life in general is far bigger than us and more than we can comprehend.
So what is the point of our individual lives?
I think we just need to be happy with whatever it is we are doing, and forget the rest. Find the thing you love more than anything else, and do it until you die. Chase your passions hungrily. Demand what you want out of life and don’t waste time doing something you hate.
Your life could be over at any moment. And even if you live to be 100 and die of old age, you’ve lived for 100 years out of billions. Living safe simply doesn’t make sense.
Somehow, it was decided that you were meant to be alive here and now.
Now do something with it.