The Universal Purpose in Life
If I were a betting kind of person, which I kind of am, I would guess that at one point or another in your life you have wondered “what is the purpose of my existence?”
Well, I have an answer for you. This answer isn’t exactly precise enough to the point where you no longer have to bust your ass to make a living. However, it is a good enough tool which can guide you through most of the situations you encounter. Compare it to one of those universal remotes that you buy when you accidentally throw out or break your manufacturer issued remote.
In my past life, I worked as a car salesman. The sales manager always preached about creating value for the customers, creating value for doing business with the dealership, creating value for choosing that specific brand. Rarely did they tell me to focus on the value that I offered as a person. And why would they? They are in the business of selling cars and making profits. Not offering value to their customers’ personal lives. After numerous trials and tribulations, I decided car sales was not for me. I wanted to provide value in a way that’s ethical and honest. That’s when it finally dawned upon me.
The universal purpose in life for everyone is…wait for it…adding as much value as you possibly can to the universe! I’ve existed for a few decades now, and thankfully I’ve learned a few things here and there. I’ve made some horrible, horrible decisions. I’ve made a few excellent decisions. I’ve been quite a bad boy. I’ve been quite a good boy. At the end of the day, the only thing that should really matter to me, or even you is, how much value I’ve created in our lives.
When I use the term value, I am referring to anything, anyway, anyhow something was beneficial to your life.
At one of my lowest and poorest points, people have had to pay for my food, living expenses, and pretty much any other cost associated with being alive. While I didn’t force them to, they still willing did. I am forever thankful for that. At the same time, it got me wondering. Was my certain network of friends just extremely generous or was there something else I was missing?
Then, after some heavy analytical thinking, I realized that they weren’t just doing these things simply because they felt like wasting their hard earned money on me. Maybe they felt really sorry for me due to my unfortunate circumstances? Nah, that couldn’t be the ONLY reason.
Being the smart cookie that I am (yeah, right!), I just knew there had to be another reason why. So I did a lot of introspection and tried to figure out why things were the way they were. Then it magically came to me! They helped me out through my tough time because I added value to their lives! Value as a son, brother, cousin, friend, and/or fellow compassionate human being.
In my opinion, I am one of the most sincere, genuine, funny, cool, awesome human beings out there. Being the best person I can be is, and will always be one of my main objectives. I know that my friends and family value my friendship and efforts. I am certain this is how I added value to the lives of those around me. That must be why they helped in keeping me afloat. I guess the only way of adding value to this universe is by being an honest person, right?
Just because you or the manner that you are making a living in is not contributing to a better world, it does not mean that you aren’t adding value. No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done in the past, no matter what you plan to do in the future, everything you do is adding value to the lives of those around you. Either directly, or indirectly. You’re adding value in one way or another.
Let’s have a look at the Pope and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (supposed leader of ISIS) as extreme examples. Both are adding value to the lives of everyone on this planet. Their views on life and death differ drastically. However, both are adding value in their own unique ways, respectively. On one hand, they are both offering value by being ultimate examples of how to live your life according to your faith. On the other hand, they are both also providing value by being the portrayed enemy.
You can extract value from everything and everyone. It is your responsibility to determine how that value can benefit you.
So there you have it. The universal purpose in life is adding value to this universe. Sounds quite simple, right? We’ve established that no matter how you behave yourself, you will be adding value. The only things left to question are: how much and how quality is the value that I am providing.