The ultimate question: What is the purpose of life?
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
This question arises in humans when they have the above mentioned basic needs already met for them at the time of asking the question.
If you go out on the streets of India and ask a homeless person what is the purpose of life, they will probably laugh at your face.
Yes, poverty is hell. But does that mean that rich people do not have problems.? No. For each person, their problem is equally stressful to them from their own perspective. The only difference is that they are currently at different levels of the hierarchy.
Coming back to our question, the people who have worked hard to attain these basic needs or have been lucky enough to be born in a family who have these needs already met for them, might wonder: Now what? Where do I go from here? What is the purpose of my life?
Well, the answer is simple. Stop looking for it.
Finding the purpose of life is futile. You may never find your purpose under a rock and have an epiphany moment as this is one of those questions that are not conceivable by the human conscious and subconscious mind combined.
For all the “scientific” thinkers out there thinking “what a load of crap,” Just think about this for a moment:
Science has it’s limitations. It only takes into account for all the concepts that have been proven to humans, by humans through rigorous experimentation of a new hypothesis. But what if there is a theory that has still not been imagined by the human mind? How do you take that into consideration?
When Newton discovered gravity, do you think he was solving a math equation when looking at an apple fall from a tree? No. It was his curiosity and imagination that led to the discovery. Thus, scientists in the Pre-Newton Era never took gravity into their equations because their minds could not grasp such a concept at that time.
I am not against science. In fact, it is one of the most important reasons why we humans have survived on this planet for so long. But its a shame that people just negate a new concept that has been shared with them just because it sounds “un-scientific.”
Therefore, I think the best approach to look at life is through Mark Manson’s idea in his book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”:
Life is about problem-solving.
Any person who is having this thought is because they have a problem in their life that they are not addressing to due to either procrastination or the fear of the unknown. More often then not, the solutions to our problems lie within us and we even know what we have to do to solve them. That is why holding others responsible for our shortcomings is never the answer.
Want to get rich? Start a business that caters to a mass problem and does not have many alternative solutions for it or get a high paying 9–5 job. Bored of the mundane 9–5 life? Quit your job making sure you have enough finances to pursue new experiences and career options. Want to be adventurous? Save up and travel the world. Want to lose weight? Eat well and workout. Want a great partner? Make yourself worthy enough to get one. Want better relations with your friends and family? Communicate.
Just get out there and DO!
Lastly, this might come up as a shock to people who thought that the world revolves around them but the reality is that you, as an individual, only make up for 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000084524562% of the observable universe.
So stop taking yourself so seriously all the time and live the way you wish to!
Disclaimer: This post consists of a compilation of thoughts and ideas that I have developed by being lucky enough to interact and gain knowledge from a few brilliant minds among friends, family and authors. Thank You All!