Does life have a purpose or not? If not, does that give us the chance to make up any purpose we choose?
I know the goal of life.
Does MEANING=GOAL? If it does, here is my answer:
I believe that human society is like a race.
People are born athletes participating in a race, not physical but intellectual.
Human life is just like a marathon race.
Physical marathon race has a finishing line whereas intellectual marathon race will never end.
Instead, human life has a direction or goal, and the goal is called “control.
In this world, anything other than human is a thing (including animals).
The ultimate desire for human is to exercise the greatest possible control over the other human and things around him.
Control on human is “power”, and control on things is “wealth”.
Power is measured by positions and ranks whereas wealth is measured by money terms.
With the control on human comes indirectly some control on things, such as politicians using their power to gain materialistic benefits.
Likewise, with the control over things comes indirectly some control over human, such as rich people hiring other people to work for and serve them.
Politicians also have direct control over things, such as government-owned enterprises and assets.
Nevertheless, this kind of control is not absolute and politicians cannot blatantly take the things under control as their own assets.
On the contrary, the assets of a capitalist are entirely privately owned and the capitalist has absolute control over them.
The study of how people control one another in order to gain indirect control over things is called politics.
The study of how people make use of the control over things to indirectly control other people is called economics.
American psychologist Abraham Maslow says that there are seven levels of human need, namely, (1) food, water, (2) safety, (3) belongingness, love, (4) esteem, (5) curiosity, (6) beauty, symmetry, and (7) self-actualization.
Only after man’s lower level of needs have been satisfied, will he recognize the need at the next higher level.
Maslow believes that the highest desire of man is to “self-actualize”.
In my opinion, though, the meaning of self-actualization is not clear enough.
Instead, I believe that the ultimate goal for human existence is to control everything that exists, meaning the entire universe.
Things will become “beautiful” after they are controlled.
For example, people think that today’s life is more beautiful than yesterday’s because they have greater control over life today than they had yesterday.
Otherwise, they would not say so.
Curiosity is only a means to achieve the end, that is, control.
One has to understand a thing before controlling it.
Only when the structure of atom is understood can atomic power be controlled.
As a result of the natural course of evolution, human beings have only two eyes and ten fingers.
By the same token, the human desire to control and be curious is the result of evolution that has been going on for millions of years.
Those ape-men that lacked the desire to know and control had died out long time ago.
The so-called esteem in real terms is the desire to do well in everything and outperform others.
People compete and compare with one another to see who can control more.
This is the primary motivation force behind human social development.
Social animals are “social” and live together because they are linked by a common force.
The force that links the Earth and the Moon is called gravity, and the force that links social animals together is belongingness and love, an inherited instinct of social animals.
Adults do not have to teach kids to make friends with other kids because it is in their instinct.
Without friends, people will feel lonely.
Among social animals, there is mutual attraction (belongingness and love) as well as repelling force (hatred) in competition for control.
In other words, people co-operate and compete with one another.
Co-operation increases the chance of survival for people as a group while competition and selfishness increase the chance of survival for individuals.
Both forces are necessary and are results of the natural course of evolution over the years.
Sometimes, though, competition can also increase the chance of survival for a group.
A typical example would be two male deer competing for a herd of female deer.
In the end, only the stronger male deer has the chance of mating therefore their offspring will have a better chance of survival.
In common words, the goal of human existence is to scramble for power and wealth.
Human society is just a stage for race, or competition.
To the losers, competition is very cruel.
Competition causes a lot of stress, so not everyone likes competition.
If you give up, others, including your parents, will look down on you, and tell you that you are useless.
Therefore, every one of us born in this society is forced to take part in the competition.
Why is human society a stage for competition? Because human beings have needs.
The first need is oxygen, and then the needs for food, water, clothes, housing and transportation are followed.
All these things are not free, have limited supply, except oxygen.
Nobody can survive without food, water, clothes and house, so, people feel unsafe, and then they desire for all these.
This desire is limitless.
Even if someone has gathered enough wealth for the rest of his life, he still wants to collect more for his children, even his grandchildren.
The result of limited resources plus limitless desires is competition.
There are people in this world, such as monks and missionaries, who may not appear greedy and lack the desire to control other people or things.
It is only because these people believe in an afterlife.
They sacrifice the present life for the sake of the future life in heaven.
What is heaven? In my view, it is the place with indefinite control.
Therefore, these people still want control in the end.
They want to control their life to come because they believe in it.
People that have more control over other people are called politicians.
People that have more control over things are called capitalists and people that have more control over knowledge are called scientists.
All these people are the forerunners at the intellectual marathon race.
From spiritual perspective, here is my another answer:
Firstly, I recommend four books:
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by .
Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue by
The Origin Speaks by .
We are eternal, we are small version of God.
We incarnate in this physical world to experience pain, suffering and fear.
In heaven, all we have is truth, love and joy, there is no pain, suffering and fear.
"In the absence of that which You Are Not, that Which You Are, is NOT.
"In the absence of 'cold,' you cannot be 'warm.
' In the absence of 'sad,' you cannot be 'happy,' without a thing called 'evil,' the experience you call 'good' cannot exist.
Parable of The Little Soul .
by Neale Donald Walsch
There once was a little soul who knew itself to be the light.
This was a new soul, and so, anxious for experience.
"I am the light," it said.
"I am the light.
" Yet all the knowing of it and all the saying of it could not substitute for the experience of it.
And in the realm from which this soul emerged, there was nothing but the light.
Every soul was grand, every soul was magnificent, and every soul shone with the brilliance of MY awesome light.
And so the little soul in question was as a candle in the sun.
In the midst of the grandest light- of which it was a part- it could not see itself, nor experience itself as Who and What it Really Is.
Now it came to pass, that the little soul yearned and yearned to know itself.
And so great was its yearning that "I" one day said, "Do you know little one, what you must do to satisfy this yearning of yours?" "Oh what, God? what? I'll do anything!? The little soul said.
"You must separate yourself from the rest of us," I answered, "and then you must call upon yourself the darkness.
"You may choose to be any Part of God you wish to be," I said to the little soul.
"You are the Absolute Divinity, experiencing Itself.
What Aspect of Divinity do you now wish to experience as you?"
"You mean I have a choice," ask the little soul.
I answered, "Yes.
" You may choose to experience any Aspect of Divinity in, as, and through you.
"Okay," said the little soul, then I choose forgiveness.
I want to experience my Self as that Aspect of God called Complete Forgiveness.
Well, this created a little challenge, as you can imagine.
There was no one to forgive.
All I have created is Perfection and Love
"No one to forgive?" asked the Little Soul, somewhat incredulously.
"No one," I repeated.
"Look around you.
Do you see any souls less perfect, less wonderful than you?"
As the Little soul twirled around, and was surprised to see himself surrounded by all the souls in heaven.
They came from far and wide throughout the Kingdom, because they had heard the little soul was having an extraordinary conversation with God.
"I see none less perfect than I," the Little Soul exclaimed.
" Who then, shall I have to forgive?"
Just then another soul stepped forward from the crowd.
"You may forgive me," said the Friendly Soul.
"For what?" the little soul asked.
"I will come onto your next physical lifetime and do something for you to forgive," replied the Friendly Soul.
"But what? What could you, a being of such Perfect Light, do to make me forgive you?" the Little Soul wanted to know.
"Oh," smiled the Friendly Soul, I'm sure we can think of
"But why would you want to do this?" The Little Soul could not figure out why a being of such perfection would want to slow down its vibration so much that it could actually do something "bad.
"Simple," the Friendly Soul explained," I would do it because I love you.
You want to experience your Self as Forgiving, don't you? Besides, you have done the same for me.
"I have?" asked the Little Soul.
Don't you remember? We've been All Of It, you and I.
We've been the Up and the Down of it, and the Left and Right of it.
We've been the Here and Now of it, and the Now and Then of it.
We've been the Big and Small of it, the Male and Female of it, the Good and Bad of it.
We've been the All of it.
"And we've done it by agreement, so that each of us might experience ourselves as The Grandest Part of God.
For we have understood that.
"In the absence of that which You Are Not, that Which You Are, is NOT.
"In the absence of 'cold,' you cannot be 'warm.
' In the absence of 'sad,' you cannot be 'happy,' without a thing called 'evil,' the experience you call 'good' cannot exist.
If you choose to be a thing, something or someone opposite to that has to show up somewhere in your universe to make that possible.
The Friendly Soul then explained that those people are God's Special Angels, and these conditions God's Gifts.
"I ask only one thing in return, " the Friendly Soul declared.
"Anything! Anything," the Little Soul cried.
He was excited now to know that he could experience every Divine Aspect of God.
He understood, now The Plan.
"In the moment that I strike you and smite you," said the Friendly Soul, " in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could ever imagine—in that self-same moment.
remember Who I Really Am.
"Oh, I won't forget!" promised the Little Soul.
"I will see you in the perfection with which I hold you now, and I will remember Who You Are, always.
"What is this darkness, O' Holy One?" the little soul ask.
"That which you are not," I replied, and the soul understood.
So this the soul did, removing itself from the All, yea, going even onto another realm.
And in this realm the soul had the power to call onto its experience all sorts of darkness.
And this it did.
Yet in the midst of all the darkness did it cry out:
"Father, Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?" Even as have you in your blackest times.
Yet I have never forsaken you, but stand by you always, ready to remind you of Who You Really Are; ready, always ready, to call you home.
Therefore, be a light unto the darkness, and curse it not.
And forget not Who You Are in the moment of your encirclement by that which you are not.
But do you praise to the creation, even as you seek to change it.
And know that what you do in the time of your greatest trial can be your greatest triumph.
For the experience you create is a statement of Who You Are.
and Who You Want To Be.
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Disclaimer: This answer is purely made up of my view points.
It may differ from person to person.
What is life?
Life is a journey.
In fact a difficult journey.
It's a journey from birth to death.
In this journey we will meet many fellow travellers like us.
Some will be with us from the start, some will join us midway.
Some will leave their journey incomplete and some will leave footsteps for others.
What's the purpose of life?
Purpose of life of different people will differ but there is one thing common to every human.
The purpose of life is doing something which will make you realize that you did not waste your time on earth.
Your purpose is to help all your fellow companions to complete their journey, to motivate them and encourage them.
The purpose is to make a difference maybe big or small.
In this journey you have to be the one who leaves his footsteps on the sands of time.
The purpose is not to be happy but to be the cause of someone's happiness.
Should we make up a purpose?
Yes you should.
Everything should have a purpose.
After all life isn't only about breathing.
It's about living in the present and making the best out of it.
Are we actually fulfilling our purpose?
I feel no we aren't.
In this competitive world we have forgotten our purpose.
Instead of helping our fellow companions, we are trying to push them.
Life has become a race instead of a journey.
Let us LIVE life instead of trying to win it.
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This is a variant of the oldest question in existence, “Where do we come from? Where do we go? Why are we here?” No one knows the answer.
But for the fun of it, let’s say, we did.
Then what? Would it make us feel more alive? Would all on a sudden life become far more interesting to us? On the contrary, I believe most of our life’s charm would flee.
In fact, if any objective purpose for our lives were to exist, it wouldn’t have elevated us at all.
It would’ve debased us, dehumanized us to an unthinkable extent.
We would’ve become a mere tool in the hand of that supposed “universal life-force” that shaped us.
Think of it this way, humans create objects and tools for their utility.
The purpose of a chair is for humans to sit upon, that of a shoe is for its owner to wear, that of a pen is for people to write with and so on.
So if an objective purpose of life were to exist, it would’ve been a far worse fate than collective slavery for mankind.
An impending, overwhelming sense of ennui would’ve crushed our adventurous spirits into pieces.
Life would’ve felt like a solved puzzle, a bad joke.
It would’ve been a world of reverse-nihilism where all of us would’ve known exactly what our purpose is, we would’ve known what to do, when to do and why.
Nothing would’ve been unpredictable, nothing mysterious.
In fact, the world would’ve seized to become interesting at all.
It would’ve been a spiritual death and a living hell for mankind.
And you thought Shakespearean nihilism was bad –
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more.
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Antithetically, I believe, the very fact that our life signifies nothing at all makes it all the more bearable.
It leaves room for human curiosity and creativity to thrive.
It allows our personalities to grow, our spirits to flourish.
There is no path to follow, we create our own paths.
There is this void in our souls that we believe only a god can balance out.
The truth is, this so called “void” is a necessary hunger, a driving force that leads us on to accomplish amazing feats.
This unquenchable fire is what sets us ablaze and liberates us-
“Passage to more than India!
O secret of the earth and sky!
Of you, O waters of the sea! O winding creeks and rivers!
Of you, O woods and fields! Of you, strong mountains of my land!
Of you, O prairies! Of you, gray rocks!
O morning red! O clouds! O rain and snows!
O day and night, passage to you!
O sun and moon, and all you stars! Sirius and Jupiter!
Passage to you!
Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
What is the soul? Its more invisible than an atom yet deeper than an ocean.
Its an immeasurable yet all-pervading force that shapes everything that surrounds it.
It is within us yet something more than us.
It is something of which we know nothing of yet continue to explore its depths – such is its allure! The only way to measure its existence, the only way to establish its proof is by observing its growth.
Its a rootless tree reaching out for the stars, its an observant eye amidst a cosmos of silence.
Our science, our architecture, our music, our art, our religions, our myths, our literatures, our technology, our philosophies are nothing but outgrowths of the almighty soul.
With each of our monumental triumphs, we move a step closer to unlocking the secrets of the universe.
But why should they be called the secrets of the universe only? Can there be a universe without an observer to observe it? The secrets of the universe are the secrets of the soul too.
For we are a way for nature to see and bemuse herself with her own reflection.
We are but a mere phase in the germination of atoms in their life-long pilgrimage towards the infinite.
We are just evolved apes waiting for the splendid arrival of the over-man to replace us.
But what is the over-man compared to the over-over-man and the over-over-man to the over-over-over-man and beyond? Who can fathom the depths of our consciousness, of the soul? Life is a blessing as it is and to the careful observer, nothing can be a better gift –
“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
If one must have a personal God, let him be one who ceaselessly reinvents himself.
Omniscience is such a limiting word.
How pathetic an omniscient being! How slavish must he be to his own nature and how hyper-slavish his created beings! An objective purpose in life turns us into a chair and denigrates our role as a creator.
This most fascinating of experiments called life has endless potential and all of us have something to contribute to make this experiment more interesting –
“Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Make the best use of life while you’re alive.
For when you’re gone, the magic of existence fades away with you.
The mythical gods would trade a million lifetimes in exchange for a life like ours.
Yes, you're that important, all of us are that important –
“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;
World losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities.
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.
Tick-tock the clock is ticking .
Many people have asked and answered the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Answers range from the idea of life having no meaning whatsoever to every small detail meaning something significant.
Some people view the world as nothing but incomprehensible chaos and absurdity, while others believe that there are rules and guidelines that provide order.
I hope to share an alternative perspective, one different from both of those ideas.
Life is a verb, not a noun.
Without action, there is no life.
It is a fault of the English language that life is understood as something stationary rather than fluid and dynamic.
The process of living is what creates the possibility of life.
Using the word as a noun is not reflective of reality, which is always changing.
The meaning of life is to live.
Living is the meaning of life.
In order to understand this, you have to take a step back and recognize your limited perspective:
Imagine that you’re behind a wooden fence.
You’re squatting near the grass with your face almost touching the prickly fence posts.
As you gaze through the narrow slits in the fence into your neighbor’s yard, a dog walks by.
From your perspective you see a head, followed by a trunk, and then a wagging tail.
The dog paces back and forth, first head, then torso, then tail.
“What does this mean?” you ask yourself.
Then you figure it out—the head must cause the tail! Based on your observations you think that the dog’s head was created first, and then the head created the tail.
You’ve discovered the meaning of the dog’s appearance!
However, your assumption is incorrect.
The dog’s head is not separate from the tail; they both arise at the same time.
From your limited perspective you were unable to see the whole object.
You were incapable of seeing the entire dog because of your limited perspective.
As a human, we have limited amounts of attention and perception.
When you attend to one object, for example, you ignore all other incoming stimuli.
So when you ask yourself the meaning of life, you are doing so from a limited perspective.
You only perceive part of the experience that is life itself.
To truly understand the meaning of life, you to see the whole object, which isn’t possible as a separate self.
Regarding this dilemma Alan Watts once said, “The truth is that in looking at the world bit by bit we convince ourselves that it consists of separate things, and so give ourselves the problem of how these things are connected and how they cause and effect each other.
” Truer words were never spoken.
From the perspective of the separate self, life has unlimited meanings.
None of those meanings are correct because each is only a piece of the puzzle.
Prior to thought, prior to doing, and prior to this separate self-identification, there is just pure awareness.
Conscious awareness is the whole object; you just cannot see it due to your limited perception.
The meaning of life is Life Itself.
There is only meaning or lack of meaning subscribed to it by separate selves who necessarily create the question in the first place.
Your anxiety about “what does it all mean?” is thus self-created and can be transcended.
Expand your understanding of yourself and recognize that the self is just a co-constructed narrative.
Prior to that story is pure awareness, that which is aware of the experience of living.
When you look beyond the self and find your true Self, the meaning of life is lived.
While living from this state, there is only Being itself, which is the true meaning of life.
Many of us go through life without conscious intention which leads to never feeling fully happy nor fulfilled.
The reason people feel this way is because they’re not doing things that make them happy and they don’t have any real sense of direction.
If you’re living each day without any goals or ambitions for yourself then you have a greater chance of feeling lost or unsure about what the future holds for you.
There’s a quote that says “the best way to predict your future is to create it.
I believe that you have to find a “purpose” for each area of your life.
Another word for purpose is intention.
Simply, purpose is the reason in which something is done, completed, and pursued.
Coming up with strong enough reasons for the outcome or results you’re looking for is what cultivates hunger.
When you align meaningful reasons with the outcome you’re pursuing, then you have found a purpose for achieving your goal.
You must learn how to live a purposeful life.
This means being conscious of what you think about , how you feel, and how you behave every single day, every single moment.
Here are three steps to help you develop purpose to achieve any goal you have:
1)What Do You Want
One of the biggest reasons people don’t reach higher levels of happiness and success is because they aren’t really sure of what they want out of life.
This means that the first step in goal achievement is deciding very specifically what the outcome of your goal is.
The more specific you are, the clearer the path becomes.
All of us want more out of life and that’s natural.
We no longer live in a world where knowledge & resources are scarce.
Whether it’s better health, greater relationships, more money, more materialistic things, deeper spiritual connection or a fulfilling career; you must decide for yourself what you want.
For example, let’s say you set a health goal.
The goal is “I want to lose some weight.
” This is a good goal but it’s not very clear or specific.
Making your goal specific is apart of the foundation that gives you the drive to achieve it.
Instead, you can say “I want lose 10 pounds by the summer.
” When you’ve given yourself a target date, your brain puts urgency on that goal.
Your brain now can see very specifically what you want and by when.
When your mind can see a clear outcome of what you want, you will feel more empowered to go after it.
Write the answers down to the questions below because writing your dream down on paper with a date makes it goal:
What is the desired result or outcome that I want to achieve?
By what date do I want to achieve this goal by?
I challenge you to write down one, two, or three goals down that you’ve been putting off for a while now.
If you keep waiting for the ‘right’ time, then you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.
You have to start making decisions about what you want because if you go after something and it wasn’t what you expected, then you’ve learned from that experience and you can move on to something else.
Life is about playing and experimenting.
The longer you wait, the older you get.
We learn what to do and what not to do through trial and error.
Mistakes make us better and they give us the opportunity to improve.
People who are highly successful fail many times before they become who they are.
Failure shows us where we need to improve and we work improving it.
The first step in goal setting is to think about the outcome or result that you want in each aspect of your life with as much specificity as possible.
Don’t overthink it too much.
Be as clear as you can and remember that the clearer you can visualize the end result, the better.
Okay, write it down.
2)Why Do You Want It
After you’ve decided what you want to achieve, the next step is finding strong reasons.
Having strong reasons for why you want or need something can keep you moving forward even when the road gets difficult.
Reasons are what give us the strength, courage, and faith to overcome any obstacle that is blocking our path.
The bigger the goal, the stronger the reasons have to be.
It’s important to have strong reasons not only with small goals but with big goals too.
The chances of you facing a challenge on your way to achieving a big goal is likely to happen so your intentions must be powerful.
For example, one of my major or long-term goals is to reach millions of people through the work and content I produce.
The deepest reasons why I want to achieve this goal is because my mom passed away a few years ago.
Through personal development I learned that many of us are truly unconscious of the healthy alternative choices that exist which can potentially transform our entire life.
My mission is to bring awareness to the best habits, mindsets, and strategies to adopt to help people live extraordinary lives.
My mom had cancer and she was already stage 3 when they found it.
The first solution they had for her was chemotherapy.
Not dieting and exercise but chemo.
What really sparked my curiosity was when the doctors told us that my mom developed a second cancer from the chemotherapy.
How could medicine that was supposed to help her cause her to develop another cancer?
She passed away only a few months after decided to stop chemo treatment because of how much pain she was in.
That’s when I started learning more about holistic healing and alternative medicine.
It hurt knowing that there were alternative options to help my mom which I didn’t learn about until after she passed.
It made me begin questioning all the things I believed in.
I developed a strong curiosity for learning because I wanted to discover for myself what the truth really was and what it wasn’t.
I’ve turned my past pain into my reason to help others.
I feel like my mom’s living through me and we are on this mission together.
On a mission to help people become the hero of their own lives through the art of conscious living.
My goal is simply show others that there are alternative ways of living and to always do their own research.
Doing your own research is important because that’s how you form your own opinion or position about an idea.
You don’t have to live life the one way you’ve shown too.
Challenge your beliefs and strive to get better.
Question everything and stay open-minded.
3)The Game Plan
When you’ve decided what you want and why you want it, the final step is creating an action plan that will get you going in the right direction.
This is relatively the easiest part of the equation but also the hardest.
This part requires work, discipline and consistency.
Massive action is really the best way to get the needle moving and it helps beat procrastination.
Many of us get trapped in analysis paralysis.
This means we start overthinking the process of how we will get to our goal and when this happens we resort to the path of least resistance.
The best way to get into the habit of working towards your goal is by scheduling the time and finding a place to do so.
If you can't schedule out time for yourself, then you don’t have a life.
Ultimately, your time is being used by other people and priorities.
You have to make yourself a priority.
You MUST give yourself at least thirty minutes to one hour a day to work on your goals and desires.
If you do this for an entire year for an hour, you will have invested 365 hours into your dream.
I can assure you that you will see some kind of progress within at least 6 months.
You must have faith and be patient.
If you don’t know what habits you need to adopt to achieve your goal then you will need to schedule time to do research on what the best habits and tools are to help you achieve them.
I promise you that answers to your questions are out there but you have to consciously & actively look for them.
After you’re done reading this, Google search “how do I (insert desired result).
” For example, how do I become a millionaire, how can I lose weight, how do I write a book, how do I start a blog, how do I develop a positive mindset, how can I become more self-aware etc.
The more clear you are about the outcome, the better your chances are of discovering exactly what you need to get there.
You can virtually learn any skill and find the exact “how to’s” to get what you desire out of life.
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The resources are at the tip of our fingers so use them.
When you’re truly ready to go after what you want, you’ll do the research online, find the experts, read the books, listen to podcasts, watch Youtube videos, and ultimately apply what you’re learning to your life.
Applying what you learn through research to your own life is the only way to get the same results or better.
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In a way we are each living what we think the meaning of life is.
We’re each constantly engaged in doing things.
Work, school, relationships, hobbies, etc.
The things that we DO, the things we DESIRE, are evidence of the meaning of life we’re each respectively living based on.
But the fact that we can each more objectively question whether there is an overall meaning to life points to a very simple truth – that we never really questioned whether there is an overall meaning in the first place.
We’re born and from the first moments of life we’re “educated” about what’s important.
Our parents raise us in accordance with what they believe is the meaning of life, school “teaches” us the meaning of education, our friends teach us “what’s cool,” etc.
We have the whole world telling us how to live, i.
what’s important in life, i.
what the meaning of life is….
and when we grow up a little bit and we’re lucky enough to come to this beautiful question “what is the meaning of life” with a fresh pair of eyes we realize we never took the time to ask for ourselves.
To say that there is a singular, objective meaning of life is difficult simply because we each can come to a different answer about it.
There are as many meanings as there are people on the planet.
I’ve found there’s only one way to objectively describe the meaning of life and that is – LIVING IT.
We all know what it means to “feel alive.
For example, in moments of extreme emotion like fear or joy, we feel deeply ALIVE.
We’re fully in the moment embracing whatever it is we happen to be engaged in or experiencing.
It’s difficult because we’ve been taught through both imitation and education to seek what’s “good” and provides us with pleasure and avoid what’s “bad” or painful.
Truly living life can’t be about repressing or avoiding what you dislike or makes you feel uneasy.
Life obviously includes the whole package.
There is a possibility of living life on a moment to moment basis, embracing your entire experience of the moment, regardless of what is happening and what you’re experiencing.
Usually we’re so busy defining the things that are happening in our lives that we can’t actually experience it.
We have all of these automatic responses to different situations based on the way we’ve dealt with things in the past, and this all ends up in very little active thinking or contemplating about what is needed in a given moment.
We’re master labelers, each defining and responding to every new experience based on our past.
Living life in a wholistic way would require an understanding of yourself.
An understanding of the way you interpret your life on a moment to moment basis and constantly seeking to see past your habitual thoughts and responses to situations.
Living life in a real way necessitates being fluid, constantly questioning and seeing what unnecessary baggage you’re bringing to the moment and why you bring your UNIQUE baggage when someone else brings something different.
If you’re following this question, you understand what it means to be in question because it likely struck you as one that you didn’t have an answer to.
I find that the more I am in question and refrain from coming up with concrete answers based on the way I’ve thought in the past, the more alive I am.
What is the meaning of Life?
I think a better way to phrase it is; "what gives my life meaning?"
WHY DO WE NEED MEANING?
Meaning is what makes us get up in the morning, it is what drives us to do what we do.
Every person is driven by a different set of meanings.
Meanings are usually beneficial but can be harmful in two ways.
The first way is if it results in harm to self or others.
For example, the religious fanatic relies strongly on the meaning have given to their religion so much so that they can be compelled to violence in the name of it.
The second way that meanings can be harmful is if too much attention is focused in one particular area while mostly neglecting everything else.
The most common example is not balancing work with family which can result in a broken marriage, neglected children or a lot of important life moments missed.
We need to make sure that we are driven by the right set of meanings and it is up to us to look within ourselves and out into the world to decide what we want that to be.
This search for meaning is what drives people to philosophy, religion and self-help gurus – these are ready made meaning structures that we can take and adapt for ourselves.
The search for meaning might be why you are reading this.
The act of writing this is part of my own quest for meaning.
In my view, everyone (with the exception of sociopaths) has the same basic needs and desires.
We all have similar brains and similar psychologies.
And thus the most fulfilling things that give our lives meaning must be similar as well.
I call it the "Three L’s" philosophy of life:
Love: I need love.
People to love and care for.
People to love and care for me.
I need a sense of closeness and belonging.
I need to share experiences and thoughts.
These are the deep relationships that make life worth living.
Learning: I need a sense of continual personal growth and learning.
I need to feel like I am acquiring new and useful knowledge, removing bad habits, adding good habits and moving towards a better self through new and interesting experiences.
Living Ethically: I need to maintain a sense of ethics and “goodness”.
This is a complex topic but in summary I stay true to my word and take trust extremely seriously.
I do not use or hurt people deliberately.
I balance my interests with the interests of others.
I give more than I take.
Everything I do is with these three aims in mind.
This leads to a deep sense of satisfaction and joy with the combination of where I am now and where I am going in the future.
A sense of progress while enjoying the journey with a clear conscience.
I find that following these principles brings a deep and dynamic life filled with inner peace and contentment which is exactly what everyone is seeking, is it not?
Because it's not about the destination, it's about the experience.
It's to create our own happiness, even if it's for naught.
Who said there had to be a reason? -Thomas Schell, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), Jonathan Safran Foer
“What is the meaning of life?”
That is a question that philosophers have asked for millennia, and we’re no closer to getting to the answer to this question than we were when the earliest philosophers started asking it.
The reason for this is that there is no one, universal answer.
We’re going to have to accept this fact sooner or later, before we destroy ourselves with the weapons that we have developed to defend ourselves.
Unless we learn to respect each other and accept that there are no raisons d’étre, we’ll never achieve world peace until it’s simply too late.
Humankind has several reasons for existing, chief of which is that there is no other state of being that humans can survive in.
Everything that humans do, create, or build will eventually disappear with the heat death of the universe.
We may ask ourselves, if everything we do will completely disappear one day, then what’s the point of actually doing anything?
The answer to this question is that we don’t know what happens after we die.
Humans naturally fear the unknown, so naturally we would try to live life to the fullest, advance in this existence because we know no other.
The answer to what comes after death will probably never be found, and on the off-chance that it is, it is likely that all advancement in this civilization will stop.
This is also why many people turn to religion, because they fear death and want reassurance, hope that this existence is not the only one and, if we are good, we will progress to some kind of providence after we die.
We fear the unknown, and we don’t want to die, this is the nature of the human soul.
Some humans, like myself, find sustenance in books.
We escape into pages, intending to find some greater meaning from a fictional world.
Still others decide to become authors, writing their thoughts, experiences, and imaginations down.
We publish these books, hoping that they allow us to be remembered after we die.
We post incessantly about the good parts of our life on social media, hoping to filter out the bad.
We try to evade death.
We try to evade the unknown.
We try to control events that are, unfortunately, beyond our control.
This is the nature of the human soul.
My perceived reason for existence, my raison d’étre, is helping people, protecting others, but I don’t know what my true reason for existence is.
That doesn’t matter, though, because our existence isn’t the destination, it’s about the journey.
It’s to create our own happiness, even if that will, eventually, be for naught.
Our reason for existing is to create our own reason for existing.
This is how it has always been, and this is how it always will be.
There are two main types of people:
Most of us: The purpose of life for most of us is to try to have a happy and satisfying life.
This can be done by fulfilling our biopsychological necessities: physical, emotional, and mental necessities.
The fulfillment of these necessities provides us with the feeling of satisfaction and happiness.
These necessities are fulfilled by obtaining total wealth.
Total wealth is made up of three independent and equal parts: economic, social, and intellectual.
So the purpose of life for most of us is to try to obtain total wealth to fulfill our necessities to live a happy and satisfying life.
The other rare few: These rare people are able to go beyond the need for fulfillment of biopsychological necessities.
They get past individual happiness and satisfaction.
Their purpose in life goes beyond their own individual lives, thus allowing their life to become much larger by connecting together with other lives.
The more lives that they feel connected to, the grander their purpose becomes.
So, the purpose of life for these people is to live in a way that impacts the lives of many as they truly feel connected to them.
Within this rare group, during this process an occasional few ultimately connect not just to many other lives but to life itself.
These exceptionally rare people actually get beyond purpose in life, and become purposeless, thus reaching a state that may be hard for most of us to fathom.
The meaning of life is very complex.
It has a meaning or philosophy beyond the perception of a layman.
Man has, within his outward, animal existence, a spiritual life.
Man's spiritual life, the preparedness for which is in every individual, originates in the growth and perfection of his actions and aims.
The perfection and felicity of man, and hence his descent and wickedness, are dependent on his spiritual life which is related to his actions and intentions and goals and to what aim and purpose he progresses by the vehicle of his deeds.
Our attention to the precepts of Islam is only from the direction related to individual and social mundane existence.
However, there is no doubt that Islamic precepts are saturated with a philosophy of life covering all matters.
Islam never despises the problems of life or deems them of no significance.
From the point of view of Islam, spirituality has no separate existence from life in this world.
Just as, if the spirit became separate from the body it would no longer belong to this world and another world would have to determine its destiny, spirituality separate from life also does not belong to this world, and talk of spirituality subtracted from life in this world is absurd.
But it must not be thought that the philosophy of Islamic precepts is confined to questions of this life; not at all.
At any rate, the application of these precepts is the means of traveling the path of servitude and journeying on the way of nearness and of perfecting existence.
This is you.
And this is where you live.
Which further, is somewhere here.
Which by the way, looks this way from somewhere else.
And this whole everything, could be found on the map.
And this map is a part of a bigger one.
Which by the way, looks like this from outer space.
And this, from the moon.
And this, from Saturn.
And that’s Earth, the famous ‘pale blue dot’.
6 billion kilometers away.
And that’s us, in our Milky Way Galaxy.
The Milky way Galaxy, is a part of local galactic group.
And the local galactic group, is part of something called ‘Virgo Supercluster.
’ Hang on, we’re almost there.
Finally, the Virgo Supercluster is somewhere here in the ‘observable universe’.
I hope that didn’t make you feel small.
But I also hope, that made your everyday problem look very tiny in the “Grand scheme of things”.
So, coming back to your question.
What’s the point to ‘Life’ ?
I don’t know.
And don’t believe anyone who says they know the answer to this question.
We all are here just trying to figure it out.
And while you are at it and are searching for the right answer, try and make this world a better place to live in.
And try and make a positive impact in someone’s life.
Because the world needs you.
And it’s kind of messed up at the moment.
And I know.
This advice of “creating an impact” becomes all too cheesy after certain point of time.
I wrote it now.
I’ll wake up tomorrow morning, probably with my own petty issues and forget about this thing.
You are reading this now, but will probably forget it in the next few minutes when you’ll be reading another answer here on Quora.
But that’s okay.
We are Humans.
And this fact that makes us special.
And gives us the ability to think.
Ever heard a cat talking about ‘making a positive difference in this world’ ? I haven’t.
That would be super weird, I guess.
So the next time you feel depressed about life, or have an existential crisis.
Keep this in mind.
You are here to create a positive impact in someone’s life.
“Because from the cosmic perspective and in the Grand scheme of things, not much else is worth doing.
About 8 years ago, Mel Robbins made the claim that "the odds of you being born, in the moment you were born, to the parents that you have, with your specific DNA structure, is 1 in 400 trillion.
To put that statistic into perspective, that is the equivalent to "the probability of 2 million people getting together (about the population of San Diego) each to play a game of dice with trillion-sided dice.
They each roll the dice, and they all come up with the exact same number – for example, 550,343,279,001.
She's an inspirational speaker as well as someone who is widely known for her Tedx Talks.
She received this statistic from Dr.
Ali Binazir, a Harvard-educated medical doctor.
Now, it's easy to see someone's credentials (Harvard, MD) and believe their claim to be true.
I did a little research on this statistic.
Seems with new research, and with all the above factors calculated, that the number isn't quite accurate.
However, the true statistic would still be an outrageous number.
This means the fact that you are a human, alive now, and just purely exist.
well, you're a "miracle".
Does life have a purpose? If not, does that give us the chance to make up any purpose we choose?
My answer: I don't know.
But, who cares!
You should be thankful you are alive.
Even if life has a set purpose, you're never going to get another shot.
Statistically speaking, the fact you have the chance shouldn't have existed.
Choose a purpose, anyway.
You owe it to your very existence to do just that.
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