We may have to move this conversation to a post on Logic...
'Personal' denotes a particular person seperate from all others, where an 'Individual' is a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
RE: Colorless cats
I'm just having fun with your proof. It is like the infamous 'If a tree fell in the woods and there were no one to hear it, would it make a sound? (The answer of which is no, of course.)
Color is not dependant on the atomic make-up of the cat. Colour is light which is reflected from an object to our eye, so the cat is in fact colorless. The construct of your new analogy is equally faulty, unless there are cats composed of a single atom, even in which case it would still be faulty example.
Likewise my statement was not a Fallacy of Composition because I am not removing a tree from the forest to prove the purpose of the forest, I am removing a tree from the forest to describe the purpose of trees.
Can you dis-prove that the purpose of Life is life? There, I go again, getting all logical dabnabit!
Ok I'll expound on this idea in a more philosophical way from the heart, because we cannot discount Love (ah that amazing irrational chemical misfiring of the glands) from any discussion about Life's purpose.
Although I am not a theologican, I have a lifelong interest in this question, and through a series of events, explorations and experimentations have come to the conclusion that what I was really looking for to answer this question was some faustian knowledge. Give me all your information in astrophysics, biochemistry, linguistics, causality ... ad nausium-just prove to me that something is real!!. I have come to the conclusion that the answer to Life's purpose is quite simple. But understanding why it exists, and how it came to exist and how it functions is complex when one is searching for some logical unified theory of it all. And that unified fact (yes, I say fact) has been known intuitively for thousands of years. It is encoded in the Pstis Sophia, in the Torah, Pythogorious (sp?) seems to have hit on it, and the Vedic texts describe it. It's proof is all around us in every natural phenomen from the Big Bang to the light bulb.
My statement that Life seeks to sustain Life is the only true moral response to the question, and as morality is a very human subject, the only humane response.
How does one reconcile this morality with religions that tell us we must die to achieve our ultimate purpose? Ultimately one rejects either the religion or the moral purpose, or one lives with the paradox unquestionned. This paradox preverts faith- just believe, don't question ...
I'll sign off for now with the thought that we are all one, all moving in the same light and that our life's purpose is fulfilled when we return to a state of unity.
Meanwhile, I'm working on trying to love it all.