reply to post by Dark Ghost
You're asking the right question, and the answer resides in discovering for yourself the answer. Then, once you've formulated a chief definite aim and
purpose from the frame of that clean slate, and then apply yourself with continuous persistent creative action with intent, to create some novel form
or another, and do that, then there is the satisfaction of the life-flow type experience of being immersed in a worthwhile pursuit of one's own
making. In my experience, every other seeking leads to ruin, but then again, from that ash heap arises the pheonix of all new possibility whereby it
may be said that "for man all hapiness must arive exclusively only in relation to some unhappiness, already experienced." (Gurdjieff) or where "the
more that sorrow and suffering has carved into our being, the more joy we can contain" (Gibran).
The beginning of conscious suffering and of willing suffering, is the beginning of meaningful suffering, which is the beginning of the end of
"suffering" being both of neccessity and therefore meaningful (of value). It is unneccessary suffering
that is the problem, where suffering for
no reason whatsoever is the very worst kind of suffering there is. And how absurd is that, it makes no sense at all in the light of reason and
therefore we might find ourselves laughing at all our own prior stupidity and ignorance for suffering for all the wrong reasons and in the wrong
Other streams of thought are that we are controlled by powerful subconscious processes (Freud) and the will to sex, basically, or the will to power
(Adler), whereas the true motivating stimulii or catalyst to all creative and meaningful expression resides in the will to meaning (Victor Frankl,
"Man's Search for Meaning").
Our lives are already framed by meaning, but that the question is posed to us from the domain of limitless possibility, to determine what meaning
we'll assign, and how we shall go about generating that meaning for ourselves, well my oh my what an opportunity is that?!
We must not run away from this invitation that life poses to us, and run away into what by comparison, something less than a life lived to the full
even to overflowing..?
There's the turning point or the fulcrum right there for those who can distinguish this choice and begin to summon the courage to choose life and to
build a life not according to anyone else's expectation, but a life that is meaningful for them.
Therefore, we MUST come to know what it is that we really want, and have the audacity to ask "God" (first/last cause in eternity) to support that
direction we've courageously chosen for ourselves and our life and by extension those we love and the lives of all we touch.
We can't chicken out on life just because the prospects may not always look so good from where we sit. We must dare to dream a new dream and dance a
new dance and create a new creation. Nothing else is even reasonable, and therefore must be discarded as absurd by comparison.
edit on 22-11-2012 by NewAgeMan because: edit