Today's society offers the majority of Americans the freedom to do almost anything we desire. Our potential is figuratively limitless because we have the opportunity to make decisions for ourselves, believe what we want to believe, and value what is important to us. With this freedom in America, we have the ability to live any type of life we desire to live. We can personally develop our own concept of what our purpose in life is and what the entire meaning of life is to us. Religion and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This tradition creates a differing perspective from the Nihilistic point of view. For example, in American culture there are many Christian followers that believe their purpose in life is to follow, serve and pray to a higher being on a daily basis. They believe that this is the only way to live a fulfilling life that will eventually be rewarded in the afterlife. I cannot imagine dedicating and living my life for a higher being, but many people do it. I think people should step back and realize how much of THIS life is being taken and effected as a result of the time spent practicing religion. There is no promise of another life. We all have the ability to choose how we want to live our lives and create our own purpose, aside from the religion that has been ingrained in our American culture for hundreds of years. We can chose for ourselves why we want to live our lives and do what makes us happy, we do not have to live for someone else or a “higher being”. We all want to live a life in which we can do what we desire most and that will make us feel fulfilled. The best part about it is, we can do it. Do not limit your purpose in life to a cultural/religious belief that people tell you to believe. Create your own!