The Purpose of Life
What is the purpose of life? This question has plagued mankind through its inception.
The pursuit of money and material possessions is often the quest of many and then once obtained there often comes the realization of the emptiness of that objective. It’s a false sense of purpose.
Shouldn’t life be about more than the “rat race” and the pursuit of fleeting man made concepts? Is man meant to toil and spend his days in the never ending futility of work?
Now work for the sake of accomplishing something, such as providing food or shelter, has a meaning, but work which is never ending toil which only accomplishes the accumulation of wealth has no such reward. Thus leaving people who in engage in these endeavors feeling empty and without sense of purpose.
Why does society feel that the pursuit of wealth is in and of itself a worthwhile pursuit? At the expense of the love of family and friends, at the expense of time which can never be recovered, we seek out pursuits that are not in our best interests or which will never ultimately uncover our real purpose.
Why does our society gauge a person’s worth or success on their ability to amass wealth and material possessions? What is within us that doesn’t value the more intrinsic aspects of our very selves?
Is a life in pursuit of strictly man made concepts a worthy life?
Why do the “have nots” look to the “haves” with such admiration and envy? What do the “haves” have that is worthwhile? Sure that have all the T.V.’s, automobiles and lavish homes filled with all the toys and luxuries that appear to be joyful. They have the ability to travel and play in such a way that there lives look so much more fulfilling. But take a good look at them and even with all the pleasantries of life surrounding them, they are no more joyful and happy than those who have never had such pleasures.
Would we, as indiviidualsnot be happier and more fulfilled, if we looked for career options, which provided the opportunity to fully find our purpose, instead of just earning a living? Do we simply want to “live to work” or “work to live”?
Finding career options which are based on one’s desires and innate abilities, should be at the heart of any career assessment or vocational choice. Sadly, too often than not, people chose career options based on potential income level, than on whether or not they are suited for that career option or even have the desire for that job.
Perhaps, we need to rethink our paradigms.