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The Meaning And Purpose Of Life Philosophy Essay

Paper Type: Free Essay Subject: Philosophy
Wordcount: 875 words Published: 1st Jan 2015

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What is the purpose of life? What is the meaning of it? Why are we here? Is there a God or isn’t there? Which religion is the most correct? Is there an afterlife? There are too many questions that people have struggled for millenniums to tackle. In fact, the way we answer these questions will provide the ultimate context for everything else we do with our lives (Pavlina, 2005). So if nobody knows his purpose of life, maybe, each one of us should choose it independently. Here is a trick I think – we should define the purpose of life but not the goals, because our goals may vary and some of them may be reached earlier than the life will end. However, the sense, the meaning passes through the whole life. So, the purpose of life is the life of purpose (Leider).

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I’m Christian and I believe we are created in God’s image for relationship with him. Being in that relationship is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy our souls (Pavlina, 2005). But admittedly, I don’t realize what will end the emptiness in my life, what exactly will end such a lack of fulfillment. It is true when people keep God out trying to find fulfillment in something other than God, they will never get enough of that thing. Augustine summarized it in such a way: “You [God] have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” So there is something inside every human being that cries out for significance; something inside of us that wants to know that we are not just breathing air, not occupying space, but we’re actually here for a reason and we’re making a difference. I’m convinced there was something in the mind of God when he made each one of us; something that he wanted us to do while we were here. So purpose is not the process of figuring out what I want to do with my life, but it is really a matter of aligning me with what was in the designer’s mind. I believe the key is to make a relationship with the creator; so that he can reveal you who you really are, and what your purpose is.

My overall religion has effectively become a religion of personal growth. Every day I continue to combine my beliefs trying to bring them into closer alignment with my best understanding of how reality actually works. I think people have been used for many noble purposes in order to recognize the one they were designed for. Children are flowers of life. This is the reason to live. They continue human race, save our life experience, bring infinite happiness to their parents, and at last take care of them when they are old. Love… I think it is the most pure feeling, the source of persistent, unreasonable happiness. One more thing is altruism. Such an unselfish concern for the welfare of others (Eddy, 1998) is an ideal human life. So I consider all these purposes are intended to evaluate my progress and inspire further progress in the realization of my life purpose. I don’t believe that money and power can be our purpose of life. Yes, money may satisfy your needs. Power can give you the right not to carry out someone’s orders. However, people who have money and power are always surrounded with hypocrisy, jealousy, evil and hatred.

I know for sure that we didn’t come to this world to buy things and die. We came here because each one of us has a unique purpose that gives us a unique drive. So here I’m asking myself: what is it that I do naturally; what is it that I do the best. I believe if the person find such an activity, he will be content, fullfilled. Since early childhood I loved to be an actress. I was occupied with puppet-theatre for 8 years. So I’d always dreamed when I grew up, I would enter the theatrical university. I knew it is the best thing I could do – act. I woke up in the morning energized, excited about the day, excited about my life. Coming back from school even if that day happenned to be a challenging day with many problems, I was full of power, passion and excitement because I knew I had my purpose. But I had such dreambusters as parents, society who told me “You should not do that”, “You’re not god in that”, and “That’s not a good way to be”. So I was completely suppressed and forgot about my dream. And now I’m here, at LCC International University where I’m studying business administration. It was my choice. But I’m not happy. There is something that I know – I’m not in the right place in life. I don’t want to do my job just to pay the bills and to be unsatisfied because this is not in alignment with who I am. So, maybe the purpose is being in the right place in the right time doing the right thing.

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You are what your deep driving desire is; As your deep driving desire is, so is your will; As your will is so is your deed; As your deed is so is your destiny (The Upanishads). There is no one individual on the planet that is not extraordinary. Every person is unique. So there is a potential within us to make a huge difference in the world within our certain sphere of influence because each one of us has a unique purpose.


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