hey man, keep in mind, it's not the destination, it's the journey...
I thought long and hard on a way to respond without sounding like a right wing nut... but I don’t think that it can be done. So I’ll just voice my opinion:
Often times, when people, in general, question these concepts and the realization that there is no end in sight to the road they travel, they find the peace of mind in faith based endeavors. Whether the faith is in a “God” or a doorknob, the belief that at the end of this journey, they will find a heavenly Nirvana of goodness and virgins, with streets paved with gold, and then come back as a higher life-form. (Trying to include most popular religions here.)
Now, I am not saying that the faith based beliefs are the ONLY way to go. But, going on experience here, I do find that it helps the days pass a little easier. Plus, I don’t feel that my intellectual integrity has been diminished by these beliefs, nor do I feel that those who do not subscribe to these beliefs are intellectually jaded. If anything, I find that those without said faith based systems of morality are more open minded and accepting,then those without.
But, I guess what I am trying to say is this, as the days go by and you wonder “Where does this all go? Where is the “Great Enlightenment” that permeates my being allowing me understand the great mysteries of life?”, if a person who has faith, probably wonders it a lot less... thereby freeing their mind to think on greater thing: i.e. Remembering the combo for Hyper-Speed in UT2K4.