Monday, May 18. 2009
Is there something more to life than satisfaction?
We’ve discussed, somewhat at length, the value of failure as it relates to the human condition. While you may be encouraged to take risks in a world where you could do no wrong (sing, skydive, etc.), the reality is that most of these activities’ thrills result from the immediate potential for catastrophe. If skydiving becomes a glorified version of Soarin’ Over California, it’s still fun…but it’s not adrenal.
The World State tries to eliminate that risk from the human experience. Most people don’t fail anymore. If they do, they’re simply expelled, removed, cast aside and out of mind; deviation is frowned upon because the system is harmonious. When the system works, everyone contentedly adheres to a routine, conditioned from pre-birth to enjoy the lot in life afforded them. People no longer have to worry about aging (Alphas in particular stay beautiful for their entire shortened lives, then pump themselves full of soma when the end draws near so they don’t have to be aware of their march towards death), or even fear disease (it’s largely been eradicated). Because family connections have been abolished, people no longer mourn. Indeed, sadness itself is automatically banished by each individual.
But when passion comes in a syringe, when peace comes in pill-form, when happiness is swallowed down rather than earned and preserved…what do any of them really mean anymore?
As you’ll find out near the end of the book, the elimination of risk, danger, failure, and ugliness has detrimental effects on people who have become too pampered. They compensate by periodically shooting V.P.S. – Violent Passion Surrogate, adrenaline derivatives that simulate intense periods of rage and fear – into their systems. The injections help them feel alive.
The idea that we physically need conflict, violence, dashed hopes – the very things most of us spend our conscious lives avoiding – fascinates me. Don’t we teach our children to pursue happiness? Haven’t we inscribed the inviolable necessity of its pursuit in our founding documents? How can the parallel pursuit of failure and crushing defeat be nearly as valuable?
Many of you pointed out that you learn from your failures – sometimes profoundly so, or moreso than from success. Logically, I know I wouldn’t have become myself without repeated failures of varying levels of devastation. Yet I’m one of the most risk-averse people you’ll ever meet. I can somehow see the value in something even as I actively seek to distance myself from it. So how do I balance this in my head without resorting to doublethink?
I suspect my simultaneous aversion to and need for risk has something to do with my continually developing purpose. Risk has led me down this road, and risk will likely propel me forward. But how? What bearing does risk have on the meaning of my life – and what is that meaning, anyway?
This leads us into philosophical territory. The “What is the meaning of life?” question excites some of you, but I realize it leaves others uneasy. People often feel like questions about the meaning of life are too broad, partly because they’re usually applied to the human population at large. What is the meaning of every human life? The question is almost insane. How can different lives from different cultural / linguistic / theological / social spheres be united in purpose? How could the meaning of Barack Obama’s life resemble the meaning of my own?
Perhaps, on some fundamental level, our purposes are shared – a mutual desire to shape the future for the better, perhaps, or the belief in the importance of an education which promotes abstract thinking and critical reasoning. But I feel reluctant to even type those words. It feels presumptuous for me to make judgments about the meaning of a life when I’ve never met the man living it.
So I’ll shift my focus inward instead of outward, and shrink the question accordingly: what is the meaning of my life?
This is, perhaps, just as difficult to answer – maybe because I really don’t know how to answer, or maybe because I don’t want to recognize what I find once the question’s been asked.
But it’s a question worth asking in these times of personal and economic turmoil, perhaps especially so. I do believe there’s some value in stopping and taking stock of one’s situation in life every so often – not just pulling yourself out of the stream to notice the stream, but really contemplating whether you like the direction you’re traveling. When I retreat back into my own head and look out at the world I’ve created for myself, do I like what I see? Am I leading a fulfilling life? Am I doing what I was meant to do?
That last bit is somewhat dangerous, if only because I feel we conflate purpose and fate at our own risk. Feeling like you have a purpose is very different from believing you are destined to fulfill it; it’s the difference between the thrill of the chase and a guaranteed success. I also think that we’ll find the World State engages in exactly this sort of conflation. Your fate is your purpose. You are born to be a Delta, and a Delta you shall be. You cannot become an Epsilon, and you cannot become a Beta. (Nor should you desire to.) We realize the government now manufactures its citizens’ fates just as readily as it manufactures their births and deaths; this may be why it fears gods and religion so.
I do think we live for reasons, but I also feel these reasons vary from individual to individual; I even acknowledge the possibility that we shape our own reasons for living. At any rate, I do feel it’s important for people to feel confident that they’re at least semi-aware of the way they want their lives to unfold, as well as how their current existence relates to that ideal. I also feel that people find value in pursuing and discovering these things themselves.
I love the idea of providing for my child – but I don’t want to provide my child with a life. It’s a subtle distinction, but it’s a distinction worth making. I wouldn’t want my parents to assign me a purpose any more readily than I would accept the hand of the World State on my shoulder, guiding me down a pre-designed path.
But as parents, as co-workers, as friends, as partners, as people, many of us feel a need to watch out for our fellow beings. We do want to make sure that the person next to us isn’t miserable. We do feel a little better about ourselves when we doing something that elicits a happy response in someone else. It’s not something to scorn or feel ashamed about; we’re simply concerned with someone else’s satisfaction. Hopefully, the person next to me cares equally about me.
But is the act of making someone happy the same as promoting their purpose? Certainly, if the purpose of life is to pursue and secure happiness. But what if there’s more to life than that?
It’s one of the fundamental questions at the heart of Brave New World, once explicitly discussed at length in Chapters 16 and 17. If there’s more to life than satisfaction…what else, exactly, is there?
I’ll turn the blog over to you.
+ Is the purpose of the life you currently lead the same as the one you’ll lead someday? If so, what is that purpose, and how will you pursue it? If not, what is that purpose you’re chasing, and how will you begin to incorporate that purpose into your life?
+ What are the reasons you live as you currently do? How will these reasons change as you age?
+ Do you believe in the value of both happiness and failure? How so?
+ Do you concern yourself with the well-being of other people?
+ Do you want to understand the purpose of your life, or would you rather just not know? Do you believe we lead lives without purpose?
+ Why is experience - real experience - meaningful? Why is it “better” than the things we imagine, or the things we live through vicariously? Why live in the real world when the one provided for you is so comforting? (The old Cypher-and-the-Matrix quandary again!)
+ Is there more to life than the pursuit of happiness?
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My current purpose is to work as hard as I can to be able to one day follow my future purpose in life? Currently (well before second semester of senior year =D), my purpose is to work as studiously as I possibly can in order to get into a good college, then work even harder during college to get into a top law school. Once I finish obtaining my education I plan to begin pursuing my ultimate purpose in life. I believe my definitive purpose in life is to become an integral part of this nation and help it maintain its superiority above all the others. I will begin to integrate this purpose into my life after receiving my education by becoming a lobbyist. Granted, for awhile I will be a powerless nobody. However, as the years progress, I’m certain that with my work ethic I’ll be able to sum up enough power, wealth, and influence to one day become a key figure in our federal government (Chief of Staff?).
I believe in both happiness and failure. I do believe people can lead essentially happy lives without ever experiencing failure. However, I don’t believe people can experience true euphoric moments of happiness without having to overcome hardships and failures to get what they wanted. I’m a generally happy guy, I get lots of presents on Christmas and on my birthday and I have pretty much everything I want (except deleted - I have to be the comment police on this one, Greg, even if you're just kidding - MFE). Sure, when people give me material things I feel happy, but my happiest moments – my moments of pure unadulterated ecstasy have only occurred after I earned something that I had to toil over to receive. For example, I was happy when I got an X-box 360, but I found myself to be in a state of complete rapture every time I received standardized test scores and performed exceptionally well on them! The only reason I’m able to come up with for being happier with a 5 on an AP test or an 800 on a SAT than receiving an X-box is due to the fact that I had to work hard and put a lot of time in to earning my scores while the X-box (or any other material thing) was just handed to me.
Side note: Hm. I’m extremely curious of what was so terrible that Feraco had to use the delete mechanism.
As nerdy as it may sound, I completely agree with you that the feeling of achieving high marks outweighs the jubilation of an X-box 360. I remember receiving my first Gameboy; Oh, I felt my heart would burst with happiness. But comparing it to sixth grade in which I received my first 4.0 report card, not even a Gameboy could overshadow the ecstasy that flooded through me. I feel that the work put into it definitely makes the results even more satisfying. Working hard and earning the things in life is truly better than having the very same things just handed over.
The Lamborghini wasn't the problem, but I figured that if I was in for a penny with the censorship, I was in for a pound. Sorry for turning your sports car into collatoral damage...
Ha ha, sorry but I have to comment on this. I have read Greg's blog last night and I remember the things he put in. X-Box is just an entertainment that we are able to buy with money. Achievements are through dedications, determination and hard work. We even appreciate money because we worked with sweat and toil. When you buy something, we do not really want to give up all those cash because we earned it.
As for future "Chief of Staff," I admire your goals and believes. I also agree with everything you have stated in the blog and I hope you would achieve your goal.
I agree that something feels better when you earn it rather than when you are given something. But what if you given something that is not material item. What if you were given height, being really smart at a subject, or excell at something you don't need to try at. I don't need to try in our calc class and I go through homework quickly just writing things down to get credit. When a test comes I don't study even for a few minutes and I get an A. I feel happy that I got an A but I didn't need to study or anything. It is the same feeling as if I studied for an hour on a test.
I believe that if greg works hard, he can become what ever he wants to. I know that greg will work hard and one day he can become president. You have my vote and in return, I would love to be the head of your secret service and hunt down terrorist and all who try to destroy what we live for... America.
I totally agree to what you said about the satisfaction you got from the hard works. Earring the happiness by oneself serves as a proof for what you done above all the others. However, receiving something from the other is only maintaining the relationship, either family or friend. Everyone thinks himself or herself is always the right one under a certain situation, so the proof of the process encourage people to have confidence instead of happy emptiness. The happiness through hardship is the true happiness from indeed.
Happiness is definitely one of the most important value and characteristic that I carry around. Everyone around me would see me happy very often, better yet, always. I do not know why I carry this, but I enjoy what I have right now. Always smiling down the hall, I am able to light up some of my friends day with a few jokes. Failure has happen to me very often. I fail at getting into a University, I fail in running, and I fail as a leader of a great team. Though, that failure would drive me to become a better performer and a more studious person. Once I achieve my goal like I broke 5:00, I was happy. Many attempts were given but was full of broken promises. There was a day where I was so close that coach said if and only IF I kicked or leaned a little bit earlier. Success does not often come from failure. Failure is caused my mistakes. We correct those mistakes and achieve the goal, and by excelling the goal, we are happy and satisfied.
I live right now because I am responsible for what the team does and what their reputations are. There are definitely some irresponsible runners and I cannot handle them because I am responsible for what happens. People would want to smack them to the ground and make sure they shut up. I want to but I can not, so I stand defensive. In the future, I would like to take action and have authority on what I do. My family would like to see me take action and go work. As my life goes on, my initiative purposes will be needed to help my family. Supports will be given, common sense will be taught and good family will be raised. I do not know what my job will be but I will have to fight bit by bit for the best for my family.
Reading the earlier part of your first paragraph, it filled me with despair and sympathy to you. But it also evoked the feeling of admiration as well. Being able to smile everyday and see the silver lining of everything is truly a great feat. I truly envy your ability to do so- I constantly find myself looking at the cons even when the pros outweigh them.
I, too, just like Gloria, admire your happiness and your ways of being able to smile every day. Your just like me (or that I am just like you) on that I enjoy making people happy and putting a smile on their face. By the end of the day, with all negative things that might have happened, you know that someone else is feeling good with your presence. I don’t like seeing people sad or hurt, so for sure happiness is one of the most important characteristics that we should value.
Ricky I am glad that you are happy all the time and try to make others happy. But I do wonder if you are happy all the time or that you just seem to be happy on the outside all the time. If you are truely happy all the time good for you. I agree with aspect of failure, that its from mistakes. Then we correct the mistakes and succeed.
I agree with you because happiness is very important to everyone. People are perusing happiness and I think it is the meaning of life. If you do not smile to your friends, how can your friends be happy by staying with you? So I agree with you, we should always smile to people who are surrounding us. I think it is a good way for your life, keep it forever.
When i was reading the first five sentences, i was yelling "I know!!!" in my mind. Everytime when i see Ricky, he is smiling. People who is optimistic always have a better life because they cherish what they have instead of complaining. I admire those people who always smile because I am one of those people who show my emotion on my face, and sometime it makes my friends worry about me.
I must admire you, Ricky. You are just like me. I fail at many things, too. To say it directly, I fail at anything in academic stuff. I thought I could do better in sports, but I still fail in sports, too. Even if I try very hard, the highest grade I can get is B (in classes like English, Math, Science, etc. Not like Art, P.E., etc.). Art is the only thing I can do good, but still, if I compare to others, I still fail a lot. I will still believe into myself that I can succeed in something someday though.
I agreed that happy all the time can light up your life and others’ who are around you, but no one can be happy all the time. The happy on the outside could poison psychological indeed of human being. If there is no way for outputting the emotions, all the emotions could be fly out like volcanoes. Therefore, happy is a good thing, but do not hide your emotions completely because curing feeling could not be easily done.
I think that your comment is very valid. If you hold everything in you will end up hurting your self and you won't be happy. To be happy you will have to be hounest with yourself and those around you. Happiness is a great way to lead your life but you would have to also deal with your biggest fear and get stronger and get over it. You also can't light up the life of others if your not satisfied with your own. Acting fake and putting on a show for others won't get to far, eventually the truth will come out
I think that there is a fine line between a purpose of an individual and what an individual wishes to accomplish in his/her life. As someone that believes that fate and destiny exist, I think that the purpose of an individual is already predetermined. One may think that their purpose in life is to do a particular thing, but in may in fact just be something that this specific individual wants to do before they die. After Feraco’s lecture today about what our purpose in life is, I have found myself truly contemplating my current goal or purpose at the current moment. Is it just to go to a good college, get the perfect job, and have the perfect family? Jaded and disillusioned, I have found myself grasping desperately for an ambition different from the typical.
Although I have set my goals and ambitions for myself regarding the future, I cannot say that I have found my true purpose in life. For most of my life, what I have always wanted was to change someone’s life for the better- to be some sort of better influence that will revolutionize their perspective on life or turn their entire life around. I understand that this sounds almost-over-the-top cliché, but this is truly what I want. The greatest joy for me will be to know that I have made the difference in an individual’s life. I do not know if this is just a desire because of my past experiences, or if this is what fate has intended me to accomplish. I guess one never knows until they have had more experiences and encounters. I believe everyone has their own purpose in life- no matter how small or how big- and it is something they will find one day.
To think of it now, I am not really sure what I will do in the future. Coaching the team is a big challenge for me because, as I have stated, I show no authority towards anyone. I would like to change people's lives by helping them achieve goals in running. I will need experience for my tasks and be successful. One day, I want to see Ammar or Sergio in the Olympics and I can say "We coached them" with Feraco.
I think it would be unfair if everyone’s fates and destinies were predetermined. Maybe I misunderstand, but, do you mean to say that someone who works unimaginably hard all his life (but is merely destined to let’s say wait tables) will end up becoming and staying a waiter, while some lazy bum who does pretty much nothing can just coax himself to greatness because of fate? Regarding Mr. Feraco’s lecture, yeah he makes us think profoundly and philosophically and I think he gets everyone to questions themselves from time to time. I also think a lot of people are “grasping desperately for an ambition different from the typical”. Yeah, good stuff.
Gloria, I truly don't believe that the desire you have to make an impact on someone's life is cliche. It's only cliche because many people just say that but in reality, hardly anyone pursues it. Because think about this, if EVERY single person who said they wanted to "influence someone's life", they world would be perfect. There would be no conflicts and there would be no need of certain assistance. So, Gloria, if you want to influence someone's life, go for it, and just do the best you can possibly do, no one can hold you back, because if you are passionate about whatever it is, you can achieve it. (I hope I didn't make that sound all cheezy) aha.
I also have found that the purpose of my life at this point of the game is just as vague as what Mr. Feraco has said—going to a good college, getting a fine job, and then having a nice family—and I am also desperately hoping for a better purpose, something I, and only I, can do. So when I really think about it, I think right now my purpose would actually be “finding a purpose to my life”. The “going to good college and etc.” plan is merely a pathway that I will be traveling as I look for my purpose.
I similarly wish to be able to influence someone so much that I will change his or her life, at least the views and attitude towards life. I always try my best also due to this desire, hoping that without face-to-face persuasions I can still encourage people to be good and also live up to their fullest.
Gloria, I understand how you feel. I did not really know what the meaning of my life was, and I still am not completely sure. But just like you, I also want to make a difference in other's life. To do so, i have decided to pursue the career as a nurse, so I can help people and make a difference.
I disagree with our destiny being predetermined. I believe that you form your own path. Some people choose to be lazy and not do anything, but imagine if they worked hard. They would have a good life instead of a horrible one. I think the future is what you make of it.
Honestly Gloria, I don't think making a difference in someone's life is cliche at all. There are so many people today who are only concerned with themselves. They make sure that THEY are okay, THEY are happy, and that THEY are provided for first. But there are also people like you who still keep in mind that life isn't only about "I or Me." I also want to make an impact in someone's life, and honestly I don't know why either. But I know that when I think of making someone happy, I feel happy on the inside as well.
I love your passion in every blog you do. I agree with the statement/ question "Is it just to go to a good college, get the perfect job, and have the perfect family?" Is that really the purpose for someone? For those who don't have that coming in there life or for those who just don't care what is really there purpose?
Growing up, we are constantly setting goals for our self because we are constantly seeking to better ourselves. But the difference is that we don’t just set long-term goals or short-term goals, we set both length of goals to give us instant gratification and a seemingly long-term goal that we hope for in the future. Long-term goals are things such as happiness or love. These goals are considered long-term because it isn’t something that is instantly tangible such as wealth or a house. Wealth and a house are things that we can strive for instantly because we can choose a path that will ultimately lead to this as long as we set our mind to achieve it. But things such as happiness and love are emotional traits that we ultimately have to determine if we have achieved or want to achieve in the end. Happiness and love are essential goals that aren’t exactly ever reached, but are goals that we want to say we have achieved when we die. When we die, the house and the wealth isn’t really going to matter, but you feel that you want know that you have at least lived a happy life and found love.
If you are asking me if happiness is important and you’ve just read my first paragraph, then you should know that happiness is pretty important to me. Failure is pretty important too. When I look back in my short life two types of moments stand out to me, the happiest moments stand out to me the most because they are times that make me feel good. I don’t really know what can be a better memory than a memory where you were feeling good? The second type of memory that stands out to me is my failures. Every history class I’ve been in has repeated that history is remembering the mistakes of the past, so we don’t repeat them. I believe our failures can be described to us in the same way. Although failures have the opposite connation compared to happiness, they enable us to learn from what we have done wrong. Failures can be seen as obstacles that interrupt our happiness, but in reality they are also helping us achieve our goals by teaching us what to do and what not to do again. Our failures help us build experience that hardens us for the future mistakes to come; failures are helping us accept our flaws in order to ultimately accept our own happiness that we define and we make.
You make such a good point in both paragraphs. I liked how you described the long and short term goals. I most definitely agree because even though wealth and a house is a pretty sweet achievement, what personal gain would you get from it and how long would it last. Happiness and love on the other hand, may take a little bit longer to achieve, but once you have obtained it, it can be everlasting.
I’m not sure if I agree with you about love and happiness being mans fundamental goals. I think I would be extremely content with myself if I go down in American history as a great American hero such as the founders, Lincoln, Jackson, and Reagan even if it means that I never find true love. I also think people on their deathbeds would care about their material things to some degree. I think I would die happier knowing that I had billions of dollars worth of stuff as opposed to almost nothing. Regarding everything you wrote about failure – brilliant! I couldn’t agree more
Wow, Vincent, I love reading your posts! They're always so deep. I completely agree with you that our failures and past experiences allow us to learn and base our happiness upon them. Also, I liked how you said the materialistic happiness is our short-term happiness while the long-term is the most abstract sense of happiness. I realized that, that is very true.
I like how you said long-term goal and short-term goal. Indeed, they are important goals for life. I think many people, or just me, only talked about the long-term goal, or short-term goal, but not both. I should start thinking about those two at once now.
I agree with you about happiness and failure. Both failure and happiness are very important. I believe the many incidents of failing and remembering how it feels like to fail, keeps us striving for success. Just like what you said, "Failure helps us achieve our goals by teaching us what to do and what not to do again." Being able to fail keeps us in-line and living a productive life. If we knew success was to come no matter what, I think a lot of us will become couch potatoes.
I completely agree with you when it comes down to failures and happiness. This reminds me of the time when Mr. Feraco asked us in class what stood out the most to us in our lifetimes. And I thought to myself: failures. I love the usage of history to relate to failure because you're right. The reason we constantly refer to our history's mistakes is to make sure we avoid them next time and have a different outcome. I'm the same way. If i see a situation that reminds me of the last time I failed, I try steering away from it and having a different approach.
The reasons I live as I currently do are my parents and my ambitions. I do not want to let my parents down; neither do I want their efforts to go wasted on me. At the same time, my ambitions play a big part because I long for a comfortable and at least a semi-wealthy life with a certain amount of popularity. I am indeed eager to get attentions and approves from people, and I wish to live up to be a role model for all my younger cousins, and even my friends. I do not think these reasons will have decreases in their importance, and definitely no disappearing, because these two things are possibly the most important things in my life. They not only motivate, but also support me to get through the problems I face. Perhaps there will be more reasons for me to live my life, but I am definite that these reasons I currently have will not change as I age.
I do believe in the value of both happiness and failure. Happiness encourages people to work hard and “erases” all the bad things that have happened, whereas failure provides valuable experiences. If people can accept and overcome their failures, a great lot of experiences can be learned and all kinds of growth can occur. However, if people give up right at the moment where they fail, nothing could be gained and the progress would stop right away. Experience is meaningful and better than the things we imagine because it provides us more, applicable knowledge. Although the things we imagine can be entertaining and provide happiness, they are usually deceiving and useless. On the other hand, real experience almost never lies and can indeed be unbelievably helpful in the process of growing/improving.
I never know Mandy is a person with ambitions, but i think it is a merit. Ambitions motivate people to work hard, and if people work hard, the world gets better. I have always admired how Mandy always put her parents in the first place because i can never do it.
Like you, I think a main part of my ambition comes from my parents and the guilt I know I would have if I let them down. Because my parents have set the example of how hard they have to work to provide my brother and I the lifestyle we have right now. Therefore I believe that for the pursuit of happiness I must work hard to achieve the goals I have. Therefore, like you said, with the valuable experienced gain by failure I wish to be able to obtain happiness.
Happiness and failure both come into play in daily life. I feel that happiness is an important value that we should bring about during the day whether it is either making someone smile and laugh or if it is just feeling good about your own daily accomplishments. I know that when I try to make someone’s day brighter it makes me feel good inside; by just seeing their smile on their face cannot only make my day better, but that the thought of making that person happy for a split second lets me know that I have accomplished something blissful in my day. I had accomplished something positive even if it was the smallest thing, a smile. On the other hand, failure is also something we should take into consideration and not let it slip through quite yet. Some days, I must admit, I make mistakes; everyone makes mistakes, whether or not it was positive or negative. Having failure in life is a good thing because you can just learn and grow from it. Without having failure, life would be boring and not challenging. But with failure also comes happiness, because once you have failed and learned from your mistakes, you can then turn it into something more positive and make that situation better. Like dance for instance, if I fail at a certain move, I just keep on practicing until I succeed, once I succeed, the joy of knowing that I had met my purpose of perfecting it comes into play and the happiness is there.
- Growing up as a kid, I have gone through some hard times. But as I got older, I felt like the reasons I live as I currently do might have come from past experiences. Having these struggles and building up on them to where I am now has shaped who I am and the goals that I set forth for the future. I am way more appreciative of all the things that I have now, the place that I live, the food that I eat, the bed that I sleep on. So I am pretty content on all that I have obtained and pretty proud and grateful to get the things that I get now. As I age though, these reasons can and cannot change. Of course I want to have a successful life and be able to do whatever is possible, whether it is being successful in a career that I enjoy or supporting my future family with all that I can offer. These reasons change because when I age, there are more responsibilities that I need to consider, but don’t change in that I still look upon the same tasks I had set up before.
Hey how funny, I'm going to refer dance to failure as well! On that issue I can completely agree with you, dance bites people in the behind constantly and the only way to succeed is to keep practicing. Also I believe what makes dance what it is, is failure. That's the only thing that makes it interesting and quenches my thirst for more. That feeling I get after I actually get the movement, is the greatest.
Failures have, and always will, been seen in a negative light because they are down times in our lives. But I agree with you on the fact that failures are something we should take into consideration in our lives, not something we should just push off. Failures for me have always been a learning experience that has made me a better person when I have actually realized how to overcome these failures. Also the fact that you feel that your past experiences have made you what you are today are exactly how I feel we are shaped into the people we have become and will evolve into.
I agree that happiness is really important. I enjoyt helping people and making themhave better days. Failure is iportant because it coensides with happiness. Happiness and failure are like two peas in a pod, they can not work with out each other.
Happiness, the word most people associate with joy and satisfaction, but does happiness really bring one the right kind of joy and the right kind of satisfaction? I believe the word "happiness", is much more than just joy and satisfaction, it's security and pure sensitivity. In order truly experience happiness, one must exhibit the worst of the worst be able to comprehend from just happiness for a short period of time or long term happiness. There are times during my day when I feel happy but deep down I am constantly unsatisfied with. I have no problem hiding these inner feelings because I believe it's not necessary to let them out. When I do actually experience true happiness, it is when I realize that what I am happy about. I know it will keep me happy for the rest of my life. For example, I've known my best friend for 4 years and though we've been through much because he does go to college and we are not able to talk and see each other as much, I have the a strong sense of security that he will remain my best friend. Moreover, he can relate to my sensitivity and not only brings me joy but understands my view of happiness. Failure is a must. In order to succeed, one must experience failure. Most people can relate failure to learning how to ride a bike-I never learned how, so i can relate failure to dance. There are some moments in dance when I feel as the movement doesn't comprehend with my body and it's literally torture to even try, but I know that in order to pursue my dreams hence my future career, I must fail. LIke I said in my reply to Jen's response, my passion for dance derives off of failure because it only makes my experience even greater.
They way I live my life right now, is not how I intend to live in the future. I don't expect myself to end up living with my parents, still dealing with high school type drama, and worrying about my future life in college. In the future, I want to be successful and be beneficial to others. As for now, I want to live my life and take any chances that are thrown at me. What's more to life without surprises right?
I would love to know the purpose of my life. Even if it is to be for the worse or the better. I should feel lucky that I am able to enjoy the luxury of freedom and just being able to be myself, my own individual. There are some people who are not able to even experience what the saying of "just live your life" even feels like. Knowing why I exist could not bother me because right now I know who I am up until this point of my life and though I am about to enter a new phase in my life, I hope to still be able to appreciate all that is given to me and still know the real me.
I agree with you. Happiness is defiantly more than jokes or funny things. Happiness is pure sensitivity and it is something relate to our responsibility. We should not just pursue happiness for ourselves, but also bring happiness to others. Sometimes, when we are happy, it can not be like we just laugh or smile. Happiness is a satisfaction from our deep heart. Sometimes, even we do not laugh, but we have a deeper happiness than the laughing in a moment.
The purpose of my life will not be the same purpose that I will lead someday. My purpose in life right now is to graduate high school, please the people I love, and live which is a given. In the future my purpose for life will be getting a job to get money and start a family. The reason I live as I currently do is because of my family. In the future I will live the way I do because of myself because I will have more control over what I do. I will make my own income and my life will be how it is because of what I do and not dependent on others. Both happiness and failure are needed in life. You need happiness because if you aren’t happy what is the point in living. If you are depressed and miserable with no chance of being happy why even try. Failure helps you grow as a person because you can learn from what you did wrong.
I do concern myself with other people. I don’t concern myself with the well-being of everyone but only people I choose to. I concern my self with people I care about but if you don’t affect me I don’t really care what happens to you. It would be nice to understand the purpose of my life but I don’t want to understand it. I don’t want to understand because then it wouldn’t be any fun trying to figure it out. We have at least one purpose in life and that is living or letting someone else live. There are others but it’s different for everyone. There is more to life than the pursuit of happiness like keeping the human species alive. Everyone in one way or another helps keep the human species alive and that is what we live to do. Being happy and all that is just an added bonues.
I agree with everything you said up until the part about the pursuit of happiness, because no one really lives to keep the human species alive. I believe you are wrong because we are currently destroying the Earth, the place where we all live, but there only a few people care enough to actually do something in order to save it from destruction. All the rest could careless and they do because they drive their gas guzzling vehicle and keep polluting the Earth with trash and hazordous waste. I am one of those people and in the end I will keep on driving my gas guzzling truck, because it makes me happy. I do it because it makes my life easier, and allows me to get from one place to another quickly without having to walk.
The purpose of my life which I am leading right now is not the same as the purpose I will lead in the future. Actually I have lots of goals about my future and I usually dream about something, but I do not have the persistent to do something which affects my goals. If I have any opportunity to change my future, then my purpose will automatically be changed. My purpose is having a better future and finds a job which I like. I will try my best to incorporate my purpose by studying hard. If I have a better grade, I will have a better future, and then my purpose can be involved in my life. The reasons for me to live currently are pursue a better life, achieve my goals and be happy forever. I think these reasons will not change as my age because I will always have new goals and I will always want to improve the quality of my life even it might not come true.
I believe the value of both happiness and failures are important. I think people are perusing happiness forever. Everyone is working hard or studying hard because they want to have degree to have a better job. Everyone wants to have a better job because they want to make more money. People want to be rich because they want to buy whatever they want to buy. People want to afford stuffs because they want to satisfy themselves to be happy by using the stuffs. We go to see movies, talk jokes, go shopping, etc. Therefore, I believe the value of happiness is very important. Then failure is also an important factor in our life. We can grow and know more by failing on something. Failure is the mother of success. Real experience is so meaningful because we can know more by experiencing. For instance, someone said he does not like to travel because he has already read most of the books about the introduction of the all the countries in the world. But we can never feel the mystery without travelling there. The only thing is experience; we can feel the mystery and see the beautiful scenery by experiencing.
Right now, I am living to start my college life, make the nursing program at Long Beach and make my mom proud. In the future, I would still be living to make my mom proud, and hopefully pursuing a job as a nurse. All of these reasons in the end is my pursuit of happiness. Although I’m sure the pursuit of happiness is not everything to life, to me at the moment it is the only thing that matters. Truthfully speaking, I do not really want to understand the meaning of my life. Despite how cliché it sounds, I think I would enjoy living to find out the meaning of my life, rather than already knowing it beforehand.
I think failures and happiness come hand to hand. Although when I was a child, happiness was the ice cream my mom bought me right now, it is the grades I earned in school or the victory of a basketball game. Ice cream to me now is merely something to satisfy my hunger while the good grades and victory are much more. The more effort I put in, the most happiness I gain. When I just started basketball, I had the hardest time mastering the easiest move, a lay-up. Every time I tried, I was unable to get rid of the extra third step, which made me always turn over the ball. It was embarrassing, so I tried to avoid it for the longest time until my mom forced me through a hard practice. Even though my team lost, the game I made my first lay-up was one of my favorite games of my basketball career. I would have never been that happy if I never went through the failure and embarrassment.
I have a similar pursuit as you in my life, in the fact that I am going to college and getting good grades to make my parents happy. It seems that throughout my life I have been trying so hard in school to get good grades, get awards, and succeed just so my I can make my parents happy. In essence, my life has been built around making my parents happy through my own success, which has had its failures too.
I would also hate to be told what the purpose of life is. I would much rather figure it out on my own I think life would be really pointless if i already knew the purpose of life, without ever working and trying to find it out for myself.
Someone can only know happiness when they have gone through the worst. like " things fall apart so you learn to appreciate them when they're right." Thats so true. No one, not even myself knows what true happiness is. We all have an idea and a different comprehension of what it is in our minds, different objects and people that bring us joy. for some people a car, or cell phone can bring them so much joy. On the other hand, a new born baby can bring a family a tremendous amount of happiness (until they hit their teenage years of course(:) Happiness between two people is as different as night and day. for example, my happiness will be when i finally get the job of my dreams and everything i ever invisioned in my head, like a nice house and family. Then again shopping makes me happy too. Basically, we all have to experience the worst to experience the best.
It is very rare that someone gets a math problem right the first time they try it, things take practice and failure to make yourself better, and the next time, you know what NOT to do.
I agree with you when you say that you need to have experienced the worst in order to succeed. Just like I said, failure goes along with success. I have a few things during my short lived life thus far and I can say that, I have changed for the better. Sometimes I do things that I know I shouldn't be doing and hopefully one day i will change my ways.
I agree with you that everyone define happiness differently. Some people gets happy just by watching other people happy. Little things like shopping, texting, and talking with my friends can make me feel happy. But I believe they are just temporary. I believe we gain true happiness only when we achieving something big in life which I have not experience myself.
Since I was a sophomore, I have always believed that the reason I am existence in this world is to help the others. This world is not perfect, and I know it is almost impossible to have a utopia. I am a really sentimental person. I can’t just stand there doing nothing and watch people or animals suffer. I am not working to help this world close to perfect, but help this world become better. This is what drives me to work hard. I definitely know what I am going to do in the future and why. I am not only a sentimental person, but also an idealist. I believe I will achieve my dream, and I won’t change no matter what happen because I am prepared to sacrifice almost everything to achieve accomplish it.
Life without either happiness or failure will not be perfect. People work and overcome the barrier for the happiness. People pass through the failure to learn and grow stronger. If people are scared of failure and always escape to the problem, they will never improve. Most of the famous people through out the history had once reached barriers in their life, but they all overcame those barriers and accomplished their dream. People won’t be able to understand the value of happiness without failure. Without failure, people won’t realize the importance of cherish the happiness their have in the present. Those are the reasons why I believe in the value of both happiness and failure.
I admire you for your determination toward your goal. It is good that you take action for things you want instead of just saying it. I guess that is the hard part. It is easy for people to say they want to do this and that, but most of the time, their action do not prove their word. I agree that people does not realize they should cherish their happy moments unless they have experience failure.
I believe pursuit of happiness is the most important thing for every individual person. We all try to achieve many things in our life like getting good education, getting a job, good family life and so on. I think we all try hard for these things in life to end up with happiness. We try our best at school to gain knowledge so we can get a job that we will be happy doing everyday. I want to become a pediatrician because I feel happy around children. Same for marriage, everybody wants to spend the rest of their life with someone they love, so they can be happy. Everything I am doing now and that I plan to do later is somehow going to bring me happiness. But happiness is something we pursuit by working hard and achieving many things. It is the feeling I get when I accomplish something. My purpose in life is to live peacefully without worries and not having to suffer from hunger and money. I believe everyone lives with a purpose.
Experience is very important. I can connect and help other people better when I have experience their pain myself. I believe in the value of both happiness and failure. I think no one can realize that they are feeling happy if they have never been sad before. For me happiness is being able to achieve something. But I also do not believe that you have to experience failure before achieving something. By having education, experience from other people’s failure, and making careful decision, a person can become successful without facing failure.
Throughout high school, I have come to the conclusion that I want to live my life not for pure monetary success or attaining true happiness, but for the fulfillment of life to it's fullest. I want to be able to experience as many experiences as I can, whether it be sad, happy, or painful. I want to be wise; having lived through a wide diversity of experiences so I can get closer to "knowing everything." I believe that right now, I am living a life of learning. After being at the dead center of a few high school dramas, I have come to learn how to deal with pain and sadness. After winning sweepstakes at competitions, I have come to learn how to experience jubilee in the most fulfilling way possible. Currently, I am in the process of pursuing the life I want: a life of wisdom and near omniscience.
Happiness and failure both have their values; and I believe both are necessary in order to achieve a full and well-rounded life. Without happiness, one will not be able to enjoy himself; however, without failure, one would never learn from his mistakes and would probably never feel the desire for improvement. And I personally like to see happiness in other people, as it makes me happy as well. That being said, I believe everyone is born without a purpose, but find their purposes early on in life if they proceed through education and live normally.
I think that the whole "everyone is born without a purpose, but find their purposes early on in life if they proceed through education and live normally" is a very cool idea and I think the same way. People live their lives to experience events that are uncontrollable and they must work through hardship. By living life and interacting with others, a person's purpose in life should find themselves. This way the person would have something to live and fight for.
Wow, Lewis! This is just so cool! This is the first time that I find someone having the same goal as I do: to be someone who knows everything. I want to be knowledgeable, if not proficient, in everything, and I hope to be able to jump into any conversation regardless of topics. I am also eager to find out the “secrets” of things—what they look like, how they work, and how can they be made/care/protect better. I just wish to know everything and be omniscience.
This is quite interesting Lewis. After reading this I have thought about my future and how you live a life of learning. I want to learn, but not about things that do not relate to my future. I just find it interesting that you want to learn about everything and I hope you gain as much knowledge as you can as you grow older.
I agree with Lewis that happiness and failure have to coexist in our life. Both motivate us to live our life fully in different ways. Also I strongly agree that people are born with no purpose but find it out as they live through their life. People change their majors in colleges a lot and even after the colleges, a lot of people choose jobs that are totally different from their majors. Life is consequence of finding its meaning and purpose.
I believe that the pursuit of happiness is what motivates people to keep living because without that motivation what is the point of living? However, happiness means different things to different people. Some find happiness with a stable income and healthy family, whereas others are more ambitious, and would like to conquer the world to find happiness. To me, I think idea of happiness is the true motivator if finding happiness because a person would have to overcome hardships and challenges before finding happiness. For me, happiness would mean that I am wealthy enough to support the lifestyle that I want along with having a healthy and happy family. I know that in order to obtain happiness in the future we must work hard in the present. It is because of the pursuit of happiness that motivates me to get into a good college and strive harder in life to be able to obtain our dreams in the future. Therefore the idea of pursuing hard for your happiness is important in everyone because it sets a goal that they want to achieve.
I do believe the in the value of both happiness and failure expect I don’t think you need failure for happiness. Depending on the situation, failure could be either unnecessary or make the event even happier. However I do believe that when someone fails at a situation, the happiness they get after they’ve overcome their failure is so much better than not failing at all. After failing at a situation, I would get motivated to work harder for achieve my goal. For example, the first time I went snowboard I would never be able to break and instead I used my bottom to stop myself from crashing into other snowboarders. After failing many times and getting a bruised bottom, before we left I was finally about to stop on my own without using my bottom. And even though the day after I was very sore and my bottom was bruised, the feeling of accomplishment left me leaving the mountain happy and determined to come back again.
I agree that the point of living is being happy. Also, it is true that it sets a goal for people to achieve. I can also apply your snowboarding example to myself too. I had no idea how to snowboard & at first, I hesitated to even try. But after a whole afternoon of practicing, I felt like I improved a lot.
The purpose of my life today is to graduate from high school and go to college and excel there, but after that is plan on having a family. Then the purpose of my life would be to care of my family and help them succeed in life, so as our lives go on our purposes change as well. I believe that everything I do today is to achieve these goals in my life but I must complete some before I can do any of the others. My parents are the reason I currently live the way I do, because everything I do is to please them and make them proud parents. This will change, as I get older because I will be living for my own happiness and myself. Then after I have achieved my happiness I want to have children and I will then they will be reason for all of my decisions. I do believe in both happiness and failure because sometimes when I fail I feel that I have learned something new and that always makes me happier. This is because the more I know the more confidence I have in myself.
I do concern myself with the well being of others that I care about, but other than that I do not think I can care for everyone else so I choose those closest to me. I believe that humans have more than one purpose in, but I would rather not know the purposes of my life because I like a little mystery in my life. I also believe that it allows me to define my own purpose in life, instead of knowing and letting it decide how you live your daily life. The real experiences the most impact on an individual making it personal for that one person. It is like losing a loved one you never really know how it feels until it happens to you. Living in the real world is exciting because of all the unexpected events that create a different way of living for everyone, but if you live in a manufactured world you cannot really choose the way you want to live your life. I like to go through some struggles in my life because when I look back into my past I want to feel like that I was strong enough to make it through a lot of tough times. This would make me feel more accomplished, which would then make me happy. I believe that happiness is what everyone works for because no body really works to suffer and be miserable. So, I do believe that the pursuit of happiness is the most important thing in life because we are all selfish and live for ourselves.
I believe that the main reason in life, is to be happy. That is my main goal in life as of right now. As time pases, success can come and go but I would always like to be happy. I think that success and other bare essentials of life will go along with it. Life is sort of like a latter. You start at the bottom and work your way up. The steps you over come are dificulties and you learn from each step. If you fail and fall, you can always try again. If I could change the world, i would not make everyone happy. I would keep it like it is today but remove poverty, and keep the same class system, high, middle, and low classes are necessary.
Am I living the life that I want to be living in the future? Unfortunately for me, I am not living out my life to the fullest. In the future, I would like to be driven to take all chances that come my way. As of right now, I have become extremely lazy and set of my work to the last moment possible. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be my lazy personality. Failure comes with success. If you do not fail, then how do you know if you have succeeded? You need to fail in order to succeed. It just like hot and cold, they go together.
I agree that being happy is an important aspect of life, but it shouldn’t be the only point. Unless there is a magical way to make money while being happy, you have to put your future before your happiness. There is a reason why every adult goes to work everyday, so they can eventually afford through hard work a vacation so they can have fun.
I noticed that most people said that they hope someday they will be fulfilling their life better than they are now. But what about those who are just saying that? What about those who are just going to be lazy and still not do anything with their lives?
The reasons I live the way I do currently is because of family restrictions, I cannot do what I want to do within my parent’s household. I hope after I finish school I will be financially ready to buy a place of my own, where I create the rules. Where there I can tell my parents to leave me the hell alone, it is my place, don’t boss me around. As I age, I would probably look to start a family or to move cities and get a fresh start with a degree in another city. Basically, I am bending the rules as much as possible while living with my parents. When I move out eventually I will change how I live drastically. I believe in the value of happiness, but not at all in the value of failure. I find it hard to swallow that people want to fail at something and that would prepare them for the future or improve themselves for the next level. Failing is failing for a reason; you do not try to fail. Winning is everything. Failures say that failing is learning a lesson.
I concern myself with others a lot, I shouldn’t be as caring. Sometimes I get too involved in other people’s lives they and I suffer as a result. I probably should stop getting involved with people’s delicate issues. Spreading rumors, getting in fights, the whole lot, people that are not in the situation should mind their own business. I just wish I would take my own advice. If I had the opportunity to know the purpose of my life I would jump on it instantly. People go through their whole lives looking for their reason for living and life, if someone would offer me my reason for living, I would take it. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t take it, why wonder aimlessly without direction? It is pointless. Currently there is no awesome spiritual guru that will tell us the meaning of our lives so we all live pretty pointless lives at this point. Until after we graduate college and get a job and get married and be lucky enough to have children then we would have a better understanding of what our purpose of life is.
I agree with you that we are restricted to what we can do at our house with parents and so are our lives. And i disagree with you about people failing in order to progress because no one wants to fail. However, it is inevitable. And people learn their lessons from their failures rather than sucesses. You DAKKLO
My dream is to have a successful job and a family in the future. I want everything to be perfect and I have planned my future so that I can pursue that goal. I am going to community college and then transferring to a UC. I am going to major in criminal law so that I can be a police sergeant and work my way up. I choose to become a police sergeant because this type of field has interested me into doing something criminal law. Something better might come up someday in the future and I am willing to look at other options, but for now I have chosen this career. As I age I do believe that more opportunities are going to be present to me.
I do believe in happiness and failure in everyone's life. People will always go through happiness and failure as their life goes on. Happiness is important because it shows how your goals are being accomplished and that you have worked hard to get to that point. Failure is also important because people have to fail in order to have a better future. Failure makes you learn from your mistakes and that helps in your future. I believe the people around you impact you in the future. Whether it's a good or bad thing. People will always be there and I think that it is important to be around other people. The people you work with are there to help you and that could benefit you. My dad told me that friends are never going to help you and that you are on your own when you are old. I don't quite believe him because I believe friends are always going to be around to help you. I don't want to know what the purpose of my life is. I would want it to be a surprise because if I knew what my purpose in life was then there is no point of thinking about other careers that you want to pursue. I believe we lead lives without purpose because people plan their own goals. Experience is more meaningful than imagining things because in order to learn about something you have to experience in real life. Imagining it does not help you gain experience in a job. You have to know what you are doing to be successful. There is more to life than just the pursuit of happiness. I believe the pursuit of happiness is the opposite of happiness. People look for a job that pays well, but they are not happy doing it. The pursuit of happiness is what you make of it. You decide your own future and do whatever makes you happy.
I do not agree that we should learn from our mistakes. People make mistakes because they failed at the objective. People say that failure is present to remind of us our failures of the past. I ask, why do we need something bad to remind us of out mistakes? Why can't we just do stuff the correct way the first time?
The purpose of life I am currently leading is not the same as the one I’ll lead someday. As of right now, I am chasing the dream of finishing up my education. After that goal is accomplished, I want a successful career. When I have a stable job, the next step is to make a family. With a career and family, the purpose in life would be making yourself and the people you are with happy. I believe people have different goals during different times of their lives. The reasons to live will change as you age.
Both happiness and failure is important. You need happiness because that is the main thing in life. Failure is important because it helps you succeed. You need to make mistakes in order to learn. I concern myself with the well-being of others because sometimes they are the reason you are happy. So why not help them achieve their happiness too? I want to understand the purpose of my life so I can reach my goal. If I don’t know my purpose, then I wouldn’t know where I am headed. Also, real experience is meaningful because it’s simply real and not fake.
The main purpose in my life is to find happiness. This goal will be held forever. This is the most important thing in my life. It is good to work your way up to happiness and have it be found rather than just handed to you. In my opinion, that would not be happiness. Happiness comes from the mistakes and tragedies that happen along the way.
The reason for my existence now is to try and live each day with joy, go to school and graduate, then go to college, get a job, then start a family. All of these things will ultimately make me happy. I find working up to my happiness is what truly makes me happy. I believe that you can not get happiness without failure. Like I said before, happiness is a greater satisfaction if failure and tragedy have come along with it.
I do not know what we live for. It is a great open ended question and one that probably will never be answered. I think that everyone lives for their own ideas and beliefs. I do not know what I live for yet. Living each day and finding out new things is part of the experience. The pursuit of happiness is what I believe to be everyone’s goal. It is hard to say anything else that people strive for. People get jobs and families to make themselves happy. The cycle of life always relates back to the ultimate thing, happiness.
I agree with your statement about how happiness come from mistakes, and I believe that it is the way these experiences change our outlook on life. This is why negative experiences have more affect on people than good one, because after experiencing the worst you learn to appreciate the good in life. You also become happier with what you have, because you know that there is somebody who has less than you.
My dream is to have an amazing life. I just want to have fun and all I need is enjoyable life. Money is not really necessary for me since money does not really lead to enjoyable life. Health is important because if I have too much sickness, I can never reach my goal. The definition of being successful for me is to reach my goal. The word "successful" does not mean I get a job, have a family, good college, good grades, nothing like that. "Successful" is to be happy. I do not need to get a good job, I do not need to have a family, just pursuit of happiness. It will be great to get a job and have a family, but that is not necessarily be my dream. It may lead to happiness, but it may not either. Those things are just options; options people usually take. To reach the happiness, of course there is tons of failure. Life is wonder. Life is unfair. Many things will happen if you are living. Happiness all the way is unrealistic and will never going to happen.
Real experience is meaningful because that will teach people lessons. Whatever we imagine are merely the fake world created in our mind. Even if we wish we want the world to be the way we imagined, imaginations will never come true. If we could imagine and create those imaginations in the real world, how can life be so interesting and wonderful? Everything will be controlled by people and everything will be perfect. How can that be creative and unique? Living in the world provided from someone is same as living in the fake world from one's imagination. Life needs to be creative and unexpected. No body's life can be "created."
ok wow sorry ! my comment was for nathan so it does not make sense what I wrote about yours.
I agree that life is not all about money. I think that people have this set perecpetion in their minds that in order to be happy they must be rich and have a huge house, and a pool. I feel that I don't need money and all I need to be is satisfied with the life im living.
I agree that health is important because without health, then you wouldn't have a life to enjoy. However, I disagree that you don't need to get a good job. You need a good job to support yourself. You need money to live. I don't understand how you can be happy when you're struggling to live.
i disagree with you because money, although seems useless, is one of the most crucial factors in your life. For example, say you have everything but money. You will end up as a smart, healthy, good-looking, and everything that is good hobo. You wouldnt want to be a beggar or hobo when you grow up. So i think money is very crucial.
I understand you Sean. People who love drawing and playing instruments do not really need money for their happiness because what they are doing is the definition of their own happiness. It applies to other things like dancing and sports. I like the idea that family is an option of the happiness. But I would rather be with family than being a soloist.
I agree totally that happiness is the most important aspect of life. Basically people do the things they do to be happy. People do not do things just to do them, they do it for a purpose and that is to be happy. For example, if you are in a job you hate, I am sure that you would be working your way to get a job that u love and makes you happy.
I believe that the life I am living now varies differently than the life I plan to live one day. Currently, I am living a somewhat laid back lifestyle. I have been trying to enjoy the rest of my childhood while I still can. I still fear the road that lies ahead for me however. I know that eventually I will have to grow up and start taking on more responsibilities such as schooling and my occupation. Someday I hope to just be satisfied with the life I have lives. One day when I am old, I wanna look back and know that I lived life to its fullest while I still could with no regrets.
I do believe in happiness and failure. I think in order to achieve happiness we first have to fail in order to perfect it, such as with relationships. The first relationship you ever have will most likely not end up in a long term marriage. We have to continuously date until we find what we are looking for. I do concern myself with the happiness of other people close to me. When I see that one of my friends are in trouble or my friends see that I am in trouble we are always trying to help each other out. It is hard for me to just step back and watch people suffer. I would rather not know the purpose of my life. In our entire life span, are we not simply trying to find the purpose of our lives? Knowing the purpose of your life before it is lived out would take the meaning out of life.
In all honesty, no I do not believe that there is more to life than the pursuit of happiness. I believe that life is actually all about the pursuit of happiness. The reason we work so hard is in order to be happy. That is the ultimate goal of what we are working towards.
I see a lot of similarity in the way we think, Tucker. I would be especially concerned with the well-being of my loved ones, my friends, or anyone close to me because know them well, but I would also be concerned with people I don’t know and that I just come across upon. I also agree with you about how there is not much more in life than the pursuit of happiness. Everything that we do and will do, all of our decisions, are made based on whether it would contribute to our happiness.
I believe in the value of both happiness and failure. Happiness and success, and sadness and failure are essential feelings and experiences we need to have every so often in living life. Even if I had the power to, I would not remove my chances of failing and guarantee myself success because if I know success is going to be the end result, most likely I would stop trying so hard. For example, if a teacher has promised you that he or she would give you a 100% on the test, and you haven’t studied at all yet, do you think you’ll still stay up all night studying for the test? I doubt that I would. I might study a little because I feel like it’s the right thing to do, but I would go to sleep the moment I feel tired, I won’t push myself to do things I do not feel like doing.
Yes I do concern myself with the well-being of other people. Even though I believe that everybody should be able to fail sometimes, when I see a person sad or distressed, my natural reaction is to hope that they get better and maybe give them a helping hand.
I don’t think there is anything more to life than the pursuit of happiness. I believe happiness is the main goal we all try to attain. I don’t define attaining happiness as in finally buying your dream car, winning a million dollars, or anything materialistic. Happiness, to me, is knowing who you are, finding what you love and your passion, being comfortable with yourself and your current life-style, and finding peace within yourself. I am very curious of what the purpose of life is, I definitely want to understand it one day. But I would rather learn it by myself, whether it takes one year or my whole life-time, than to have someone tell me the purpose of my life.
I believe it is the same because I really want to be programming games I wish to create. And I will pursue it by going to the college and getting right education I need, and hopefully getting a job. Because since I was a kid, I really loved computer games and still do; moreover, I want to create my own. And the reason why I live is simple. Because I was born, I need to live my life; I cannot just end it as if it is some kind of a game. Therefore I need to try my best to live my life. And I don’t think my reason will change even when I get older. I believe in both happiness and failures because in order to live happy life, you need happiness. And the failures are need in order to improve yourself; you can look back what you did wrong and fix it in the future.
I am not sure but I think I am well-being with other people, but it really depends on my mood; when I don’t feel good or something, I usually do not talk and do anything. And I do not want to know the purpose of my life because if I find out, there will be no point of living my life anymore; I will know what to do and that ends the fun of living to solve the mystery. And also, it makes me feels like my fate is already all written and I am just following the path. The real experience is meaningful because it will always help you through your life. For example, you will know what to do in the emergency. And it is better than your imagines because you can think all you want but the imagination is not true; so it will not help you as much as real experience.
The main purpose in my life, no matter how old or young, will always be to find happiness. I believe thats what every person wants to obtain in life. Personally, I don't want to know what the purpose of my life is. I want to enjoy finding out the reason why I am living and breathing. I'm a live day to day kind of person. I live for that day, today, yesterday, tomorrow. Because if I'm constantly preoccupied with the future, then my whole life will pass before my eyes. I love the idea of making someone laugh and having a good time. I am a silly person because I don't take things too seriously. I try to make the best out of the worst. I love being enthusiastic and giving people that same feeling. When Mr. Feraco asked if we wanted to die and be remembered, I raised my hand. My purpose in life is not only to find happiness for myself, but to give others around me happiness as well. I want to make an impact, even if that means I'll make an impact on ONE person's life, it'll be worth it.
I believe that failure is a must in life because it helps stimulate growth and understanding in an individual. Without failure there are no challenges to overcome, to help push you to become a better and stronger person. But failure and happiness come hand in hand. Because once you have failed, there is always a learning process after hand. You can then turn those mistakes and failures into a positive outlook to become more determined and willing to fail again. In life I know success will not be easily obtained and I will have to fail continuously. But once I do succeed I will have the joy of knowing I didn't give up.
My current purpose is to study as hard as possible in college and get a good internship. I want to finish college and law school as fast as possible. Staying too much time in college is a waste of time because the only purpose for education is to get a higher pay check. Work experience is more important than the stubborn concepts in books. As I get out of college, I want to work my way up in the transportation business. At the same time, I want to get as much licenses as possible. However, there might be variations when time progresses because every decision is based the level of maturity under a specific situation. I will not regret to anything I had done so far because nothing could change when the time has passed. Thus, I am looking forward to the benign future.
I want to say that failure is the process of success, and the success is one way to receive happiness. However, there is no pure happiness based on only satisfaction. Happiness is about the proof for reaching a particular desire. If failure is made by mistakes, fixing the mistakes might not be the resolution for success. Only success cannot bring people real satisfaction. Thus, a failure is a measurement of bitterness of the world in order for people to realize the positivity of their own situation. Without a failure, people cannot taste the true happiness; every success for them sets a higher goal for them to desire. The world forms a constant desire to tempt human being to fall. The pursuit of happiness without a measurement does not exist. Like in the Buddhism, the only pursuit of happiness is in nirvana. The reincarnation is a continuous cycle of suffering. Only by noticing the suffering around people, people, themselves, could realize the happiness.
I believe in the value of both happiness and failure. Happiness is not a goal of life, but it is more like a motivation to one’s life. Most people pursue happiness, and happiness can be easily found in our life. From buying a first house to lying down on a grass and watch clouds flow away, each person’s definition of happiness differs. We seek to find those happiness or happy moment in our life. It is like an addiction; Once you taste a happiness you want to feel or taste it again. It is same as you work hard and finish all the works during weekday to enjoy and relax during weekend.
Failure as we discussed in the class teaches us a lot of lessons that we can not learn from success. But also I belive that failure can motivate and teach people how to be in other people’s shoes and see the world differently. A student who once failed a test and a student who has always been perfect; which student would more likely to be successful? Well, the one who always get perfect scores might get into better college than the other student. However, the student who failed a test would be more motivated to study hard in order to make up that failed test. Also he would understand the feeling of other students who once failed a test or a class instead of looking down on them.
My life like it is right now isn’t the way I want it. I’m slowly leading up to the life I want by getting the education that I need. Sometimes I wish that I could just jump to were I want to be but I know in reality its not going to happen that way. I’m chasing a life that i've always wanted, and the purpose that I want is not based on self-pride or greed. I live the life I live because of who I am and who I want to be. I know when I get older I will be extremely different because will be going though more things that i've gone though now. You can never live another day the same. Once memories wont ever be the same and you will just have to live in that moment and know that it will make you stronger. Yeah believe that someone can be happy and fail at the same time. I even believe that someone can be happy in the long run after they fail. There are many people who fail at something that they think is so important and latter on in their life they realize that they are happy and thankful that it preceded that way. The well begin of other people is a huge concern for me. Since I was growing up I’ve always wanted to be there or to help people with what ever they need. Till this day I like to please people and not have people feel comfortable. I rather make my self-feel crappy than have someone else feel bad. I know that we live for a reason and God has a purpose for e3veryone and no one will know there future, sometimes I want to know what my purpose of life is but I know in my heart that I’m going to just have to have faith. There is way more in life than the pursuit of happiness. You need to be in the lowest parts of your life in order to be at the top.
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