The True Purpose of Life: Cultivating a World Where All Thrive
As I eagerly await the arrival of my son, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I want to impart to him. Foremost among these is a profound realization about the essence of life. It’s a lesson that’s taken me years to grasp and one I believe is crucial for the next generation.
Often, we’re told that the primary purpose of life is survival. From a young age, we’re ushered into a world where the primary concern is putting food on the table, ensuring our basic needs are met, and staying afloat amidst life’s many challenges. This perspective, while rooted in practicality, is limiting. It’s a narrow lens through which to view our existence, and it often leads to a life characterized by constant hustle, stress, and, ironically, a struggle for genuine fulfillment.
But what if there’s another way? What if life isn’t just about surviving, but about creating an environment where all life forms, including our own, can truly thrive?
Survival, at its core, is reactionary. It’s about responding to immediate threats and challenges, often at the expense of long-term planning or broader perspectives. While it’s essential to address immediate needs, a life lived solely on survival mode can become a never-ending cycle of short-term fixes without ever addressing the root causes or broader implications of our actions.
Skills That Serve
Instead of simply rushing to work to ensure our immediate needs are met, what if we focused on learning skills that make us genuinely useful to society? Skills that not only cater to our personal growth but contribute to the collective well-being. When we become truly valuable, when we offer something that can better the world around us, we find that we’re rewarded in more profound, more fulfilling ways. This isn’t about financial compensation alone but about the deep satisfaction that comes from knowing we’re making a tangible difference.
A Life of Thriving
Following this latter logic, we create a life that, by its very nature, is the inverse of mere survival. It’s a life of thriving. In a thriving life, our actions are proactive rather than reactive. We seek to understand the interconnectedness of all things and work towards a world where every life form, from the plants in our gardens to our future generations, can flourish.
In anticipation of my son’s arrival, these are the ideals I hope to instill in him. That his life shouldn’t be about merely surviving the challenges thrown his way but about understanding the nuances, the interconnectedness of all things. By doing so, he can cultivate a life, and hopefully, a world, where everything doesn’t just survive but thrives.
As we journey forward, may we all shift our perspectives from mere survival to true thriving, building a legacy that our children, born and unborn, will be proud of.