My friend, Doctor Genius, I have referenced him in previous posts, responded to my last post asking, what is your “WHY”.
Freud believed life is primarily a quest for pleasure. Alfred Adler believed life is a quest for power.
I guess the greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life. Finding meaning has been a quest of humankind since the dawn of consciousness. Entire social and belief structures are built around this pursuit of meaning. The more one individual submerges him or herself in such a structure the easier it becomes for him or herself to derive meaning and purpose for existence. Lack of meaning and purpose can and will have devastating effects on a person. According to my father, the lack of meaning and purpose is often at the root of drug addiction and alcoholism, since it is easier to numb your consciousness then to find meaning and purpose.
Our parents, maybe but certainly for our grandparents and their forefathers, the meaning for their existence was given to them. Their purpose and their reason for existence, was hammed into their heads from their time of infancy. In addition, they lived their lives in such a tightly knit social structure that meaning and purpose was inevitable. Everyone had to contribute to the whole.
Freedom for individualism
Freedom always comes with a price. We now have to freedom to pick our destiny. One can even go so far and say, we now have the freedom for individualism. Is this freedom a blessing or a curse? We often forget the overwhelming responsibility which comes with freedom. What does this freedom do to the whole? Is individualism and selfishness not closely related?
So far I have come up with three possible sources for the meaning of my WHY
Work – Doing something significant, significance which can’t be measured with dollar signs.
Love – Caring for other people.
Courage – Making it through the difficult times.
This is what I have for now. I just order five more books on the topic so maybe I have a better understanding on the topic after I finished reading these books.