Yes, it’s coming back. What is the ultimate purpose of my life? Of anyone’s life? A blogger-mate tells- it is to die. I refute this claim. My life means more than that. I had given up once and had declared that life didn’t have any purpose. But right now, at this particular moment, I no more believe in that conclusion.
Is it Money?
NO. I reject this idea. Let’s start from this. What will happen if I don’t have money? I wont be able to buy myself food and clothes? Yes that’s true. But I ask this: why do I need food and clothes? To survive, is it? Is this what you have to say? Well then it’s just a loop, isn’t it? The fundamental question remains, rock solid and unanswered. What is the need to survive? 🙂 Earning money cannot be, because it just keeps you moving in a loop!
Getting out of the loop
Are you a part of this loop? Of course, I am. Can I get out? I want to. And since I am very sure, money is not a purpose, nor is death, I want to figure out the reason for the need to survive.
What is the future? I am talking about the future in general, that of the overall life on earth. Yeah, so what is it, how is it, the future? You don’t know? Well, me neither! 🙂 And even if you can ‘see’ some future, it’s still just in your mind. We have some idea, but none of us really know what the future is really going to be like.
Why did I suddenly start talking about future? Have patience. You will figure that out for yourself. Let me talk about the past now.
What about the past? Do we know how it was? Yes we do, a lot of it. We know what happened in the world yesterday, the day beofore, the year before, the century before. What do we see? Do the historical records that we have, tell us something? Anything? Some trend? I am talking about the general trend of the overall human life on earth. Where is it headed? Anywhere?
Look at all the people around you, the human beings. They didn’t even exist some time back (okay call that ‘a long time back’ if that really matters). The point is that the human species did not exist at one point of time! Some say that we have evolved from the monkeys. Quite agreeable. We, the humans and monkeys have a lot in common. The level of thinking, the so called intelligence is what differentiates us from the monkeys, besides the look and the tail of course. So, if past tells us anything, it is that the net direction of all that is happening on earth is to lead to a more and more complex species, which can think better than the one that existed earlier. And this gives a hint at an aspect of the future also. This ‘intelligence’ should keep on getting refined; should keep on getting upgraded. A lot of new things happen with this ‘upgraded’intelligence. The quest for the answer to the purpose of life is one of them!
Do monkeys think about the purpose of life? This is not a joke! Answer me. Do I hear a big NO? So you agree that these things originate only in our brains, the human brains, right? Good. And I also guess that you are already sure that this has to do with the higher intelligence level that we possess. As human beings, we have the ability to think of things beyond just those necessary for survival. As human beings, we have the intelligence to question the need for survival iteself! But then, we have got only enough intelligence, so as to raise this question. We still do not know the answer. We do not know, where to look for answers. Is the answer within us? Somewhere else? No answer at all?
We think, think, and keep on thinking. And this is good. This way, we are actually contributing to the progressive growth of the overall evolution. It might be a small contribution, but it is helping the overall life evolve and get more intelligent. If we stop thinking about this purpose, and only concenterate on our own survival, of ways to be ahead of others, we are wasting the power that we have aquired as human beings.
Today we might not have enough intelligence to find out the purpose, but we can make guesses. We can keep attempting. We need to push our minds into this. But to keep thinking, we need to survive first of all. If we are dead, we can no more think! Looks like I am out of the loop now. I am not here on this earth, living, just to wait for the ‘inevitable’ death. I am living, so that I can think, and in the process keep refining the power that I have; the power that makes me and fellow human beings superior to any other living species.
Is thinking enough?
No. At least I do not think so. If all I do is just keep speculating on the real purpose, and do nothing else in this direction, my contribution to the growth of life as a whole, is very mild. I want to contribute, and do it the best way that I can. And this isn’t possible by merely thinking. I need to think to make guesses, but I also need to work on my guesses.
Till now I never talked about a single purpose! I did mention that a purpose exists, and I did mention that we are not yet smart enough to tell what it exactly is. Ok, not exactly may be, but how about a guess work? Intuition? If that’s the only thing that we can do, we should do it.
So let me make few attempts at guessing what the real purpose of my life can be. And before doing that, I will keep few things in my mind.
1. Earning any more money than what I will need to survive, and keep living, and keep working on whatever I guess my purpose to be, is stupid. Makes no sense.
2. I do need to survive and keep living. I need to use all the time that I have in this life. Life is not just a time pass, and I am not here, merely waiting to die. I need to keep living till my time comes, so that I can keep attempting to figure out the purpose. I might fail to do so in my life time, but I would still be contributing positively to the growth of the overall life.
3. I should not restrain my thinkings to myself. I need to reach out to people and spread the message of active thinking, so that the whole process continues with speed.
Well, it looks like I have already started talking like Swami Vivekananda, is it? 🙂 No, I haven’t read any of his books as such, but somehow, the third point above made me feel so!
So having kept these three points in my mind, I am ready to make guesses. But that should be the content of another post. I cannot write everything all here. What I would like you to do, is share your opinions, thinkings, guesses with me. It’s important for me. And may be for you too. I believe that it’s important for each one of us to make an effort at figuring out a purpose, however futile that effort might appear to be. It’s time we realize, we are no more monkeys, and so we have other things to do than just looking for ourselves and our families; quarrelling amongst ourselves; and jumping from one tree to another till we finally die. There’s much more, and the monkeys can’t do it. 😉
Think, think, think some more, and keep doing that. And let me know if you would like to, what you think.