In times of desperation we all search for meaning. More importantly, we all search for a purpose in life , hoping that it would give us meaning. But over time, I have come to learn to turn much of my thought process into rational thinking. Pure rationality and critical reasoning always prevail, especially considering that humans ( even the most rational ones ) are 95% irrational.
Not just plain thinking. But rationality and reasoning. There is a difference, but that’s a topic for another post.
But lets talk about meaning. Much and I Say, much of what man assumes to be his “true north” , ” his purpose” and ” his destiny” is just a method by which we maintain our sanity , in the face of the apparent meaninglessness of it all. ( After all, if nothing is permanent then why bother with anything, right? ) . But still we do it. Maybe if we dissolve all our belief systems and reason back from the First Principles, we may get our true purpose. Maybe.
Now, I am not saying I have all the answers. I am but a fellow traveller. I have come to see the futility of trying to respect established rules and prejudices over the last two years. But I am sharing two books what has given me a good perspective on life , meaning, finity of time and purpose. And not for the reasons you had expect but purely for the diverse perspectives that these books will instill in you on the above specifics, you should indulge in these books.
Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
The Ending of time – Jiddu Krishnamoorthy and David Bohm
If you, dear reader, know of any better, indulge me too.