Saturday, October 26, 2013

Life - A lookout for its purpose !

What is the purpose of life ??? 
A question that shook and fizzled a lot of thinking brains. In fact non-thinking ones, as always, were never ever bothered about it

Some of those very high thinking brains, they are so involved and intently absorbed in this question that it often ends up like a dog chasing is own tail. Like they put such a lot of thoughts in getting an answer for the purpose of life, that at the end, their purpose of life is nothing but thinking about what is the purpose of life.

Some so called highly successful folks and far more larger bunch of folks who are aspiring to be the those folks, believes the purpose of life is to be successful. Now this is again a funny scenario .. We all know success is often a carrot tied with a stick in front of that old donkey. (not sure if all donkeys eat carrot though !). 

Or let me put it this way, "aspiring success is very similar to aspiring to be rich". Assuming you are not a super duper wealthy guy, let me ask you if you ever wondered why  the top 1% rich folks in the world are still in the look out for more money when they can get every thing money can buy with less than 1% of what they already have ?? We feel this odd, because the scale we use for measuring 'rich' is too damn relative one. I mean, unless you are one among the bottom 1% in the scale of rich to poor, there are some one among that 1% who has exact same question about you. And moreover your answer to that, most probably will be almost same as the top 1% rich guy's answer.

There are some others who imagine themselves to be puppets, and are performing a bigger reality show where some one upstairs judge them with their keen eyes .. The winners get an exotic never ending vacation trip to the most beautiful place beyond their imagination and along with it some very tantalizing perks which can inspire even the weakest of minds. For these folks the purpose is to just make sure they follow the rules of the game along with enough emotional massaging to the judges and to keep them in a flattered mode with the help of those secret and not so secret praises. About these guys, all I have to say is "let the judge(s) alone help them" !

There are yet another set of so called traditional folks, who are very precise and confident about the purpose of life. For them the purpose of life is already defined by people who passed before them and may be for those 'passed away' people it would have been defined by another set of people who passed before them. These folks considers life more like class room assignments. You have to complete the assignment and even a question of 'why this assignment ?' is simply irrelevant and out of place. At the end of the day, if the people around them have similar or better feedback about them compared to the ones who 'passed' them earlier then the purpose is fulfilled and their reward is the privilege to have a sound and peaceful sleep with out the need of turning left and right once in a while.

For may others out there, there are far more different purposes. But having lectured about all these cases its time for me to share my two cents ..

As far as I think(?), deciding what is the purpose your life is not the difficult the task, but what needs more thought is in deciding on what purpose this purpose should be assigned to. In other words every journey has three parts - a starting point, a destination and then the moments between them, which we normally call - the 'journey'. 

Once we are out from the starting point, for most of us the focus is only on the destination and the journey takes a back seat and we often considers it nothing more than an unwanted delay  .. But the moment you change the focus from destination and spread it across to the journey as a whole, your purpose gets more clarity. 

Try to think about the purpose of a journey other than reaching its destination ... all I can think about is to engage in a spirited ride and simply sit back and enjoy till it lasts !


Soumya Jijo said...

Good read !!! But dont you wonder
what make us think about the
purpose of life ?

Its not fair to
answer it with the categorizing with thinkers and non thinkers .

It may be budding from the thought that the state we are in right now is , not it is supposed to be .... Or subconscious telling us we were bound to do things better ....

Isnt it the same thing the so called “aspiring rich or aspiring success” folks believe ??? In that case those who are not bothered by any of
These - traditional folks , who made peace with fact that they are leading the life the way it is
supposed to be , in a different outlook may be they are better .... And by labeling these people ,aren’t we also becoming “judges “ of the reality show :)

Sreejith said...

Cool stuff !!

Sam said...

@Soumya :
Happen to see it only now .. with the kind of response I got earlier,
the last thing I was expecting was a comment in the blog .. good or bad
And so pretty happy to see this one and more importantly one with some good points ... Let me put mine as well..

I always believe its a good practice to view things from all angles, trying to see positive side of everything ..

But when we ask a question to ourselves its important to take a stand, to scrutinize and distinguish your answer from all others ... may be from a different angle u r wrong, may be there is a different 'right' answer for a different person .. but i believe once u come up and built an idea of ur own all u should focus is on ur answer...
It however is not written in stone and might change as time passes and u see more in life .. but important thing is to have an answer and to stand behind it first ..

Regarding the judge's part, its true !! When I am proposing my theory I believe I should take up the role of 'judge' of others and 'advocate' of my theory ...
The moment I finished writing it and it is open for others, I cease the authority and hands it over to the readers ... then onwards they are the judge and they are the executioners :-)

Sam said...

@Sreejith - Thanks :)

Soumya Jijo said...

Hahahah EXECUTIONERS !!! I liked dat :)

And by d way could u please change this ridiculous font for the comments .... Nothing written in this font can be read seriously :)