Have you ever looked inward for these answers of purpose, I am an atheist but I believe the truth has been covered up. What if what you see, is nothing more then a slide of hands, one that you are so caught up in that the truth will always allude you. Man like everything else has evolved to this level of being, we are a product of nature, but synthesized I question the validity of this theory. Man along with 99.9% of life on earth share the same single strand of DNA, the only thing that separates you from everything else is a simple series of on off switches on this strand. The notion that we abide by the survival of the fittest rule is a joke right. Any Joe blow man can wield a gun, a highly intelligent weakling can create a nuclear bomb definitely not the fittest. All living vessels require food, shelter and well clothing is a choice definitely not needed for survival(maybe to protect you from embarrassment but man has created this insecurity). Emotions can be argued as our greatest fallacy this is why we have created laws and rules if every angry person killed the person whom made them angry there would be very few people remaining. what about Love, what if every man loved the other mans wife, the out come would be the same as anger, who wants to live in constant fear or be happy all the time. The ego is only balanced with the ID and Super ego, if everyone only listened to their ego we would never have another problem with emotion or irrational thinking. If survival was our only basic desire then the ego is standing in our way. Pain can also be used to form understanding, through pain we learn compassion and understanding the yin and yang. Pain helps me stay aligned with life it is a reminder that things have consequences, without pain we would stop learning and stop being for it is pain that pushes man to evolve. Our pre-conditioning is the set of rules that we have choose to live by if you don't agree with these rules then it is your fault for the pain you are in. WE have many choices but they are limited by your interpretation or lack of knowledge of the game. Are you sure death is painful or stressful or is it the fear of not knowing, perhaps the purpose will fall in your lap tomorrow. You have mentioned many choices all of which might lead you to some purpose, you can probably mark many of these off the list but still you have choices. There are 7+ billion people on the earth and many have found some purpose for life, for some of us the answer is simple and obvious and for others the answer will never come but the search is the most exciting I think. The internet is full of information with thousands of forums all discussing this same thing if the answer was easy would there be so many seeking. I like to read as much as possible about all various religions, cults, pagans, spiritual enlightenment, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and any other form of religion or practice that will lead me to that purpose. I hope someday to find the answers to my questions even if they are answered after death and if not then at least I gave it my all. The body stays here this is correct, but how can you be so certain about the soul have you tried to awaken it. How about kundalini or other spiritual workings have you ventured down those paths before. There are also Astral dreams, Out of body experiences, near death experiences, soul guides all of which have a vast amount of knowledge being mounted on the internet. There is witch craft both white magic and black, Satanism, luciferianism, fairies, dragons and many others, have you read on all these or was it less painful to just lie down and submit to no purpose. This sounds allot like b.s. to me, so has something happened recently perhaps an awakening of sorts to bring you here? Part of you sounds as if you are asking what to believe and the other part sounds convinced in your convictions. Most of the things you have said are weak and not thought out this tells me you have stuck to the no purpose and pain thing pretty well. Just so you know there is an awakening happening right now thousands are having spontaneous awakenings all over the last four or five months, if you are one of these people all you need to do is be yourself and seek your inner soul for answers. If you are just randomly seeking information on some interfaith forum to tell us that there is no purpose and everything is pain then thinks for your contribution.