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Is there any purpose in this blog post?

Every week, I spend anywhere between 12 and 24 hours slicing meat at a grocery store. Every week, I spend 30 hours a week at school. Every week, I spend countless hours wondering: what’s the point of it all? I feel as if everyone is working towards a ‘greater purpose’ in life, but what is that purpose? Does a purpose in life exist? Why do human beings need a purpose? What if there is no purpose? These are all questions that I hope won’t make me have more questions about the purpose and meaning of life.

I chose the topic of purpose regarding human life because as a grade 12 student I feel there is a lot of emphasis put on succeeding and finding a purpose in life. Purpose is extremely fuzzy with no clear definition due humans finding purpose in a variety of things. I think that mental well being, emotions and beliefs are factor that greatly affect what someone defines their purpose as.

The purpose of life is very important. It is what we base our entire existence upon. Darwinism states that the only purpose of life is to reproduce for the survival of man kind. Another perspective is that of various religion which follow the concept of be “good” and have a “good” afterlife. While both of these perspectives are valid ways to life, I personally do not know what the purpose of life is.

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”

       —  Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
I think the above quote directly reflects my current understanding of life. We are all part of a story that cannot be directed by anyone other than ourselves. By looking more in depth at the purpose of human life, I hope to come to the understanding of why humans desire a purpose. Why are we not satisfied with being alive for a singular reason? I think that in the search for the answers of these questions, regardless of finding them, I will be able to develop my own purpose.

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