“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Have you ever wondered what the point of this great journey was?
The popular view on the subject seems to be: live a long and healthy life, full of sensory pleasures and material abundance (and avoid the opposite at all costs).
I didn’t arrive at this finding through a poll or as the result of any systematic research of any kind. It’s just the impression I get from looking back at the messages that have come from all around me, up to this point in my own life.
Yet, I’m not so sure I agree with this view.
I’m not saying for one moment that I don’t want any of the goodies that life has to offer (baby I’ll take as much as I can handle and then some!), but to say that these things are the point to life would mean that anything else is a failure of some sort – and that would be a ludicrous idea!
It would be like saying that my life is better than (and somehow matters more than) someone else’s because I have lived longer than they have, in greater comfort and owned more worldly goods.
Surely life, as Nature, God or the Universe meant it, was meant to be equal for all!? Whether you’re born an aristocrat in Europe or a tribesman on the plains of some continent yet to be named, your existence should surely matter the same, shouldn’t it? It couldn’t be any other way, could it?
Alpha wolves and queen bees aside, Nature, God or the Universe doesn’t usually say that one butterfly is more important or special than another or that one fish matters more than another. Yet we humans would. We seem to love pecking orders and measurements – measurements which are not only artificial, but are downright bizarre at times!
Why has it become normal for us to value others based on things like appearance, social status or wealth? I submit that this is part of the bullshit set-up that we have been conditioned to accept – one that in no way reflects our true nature – our natural selves.
Take for instance, a situation where a stranger on the street meets with an accident or suddenly needs our help. Are we really going to take note of their tribe or ethnicity, what their status is within that set-up, how much money they have? Would we stop to consider which school or university they attended, or if they attended at all? No! I don’t think any of this would matter in such situations. I believe this is because we tend to suspend our BS conditioning during such times.
One of my new friends and a fellow blogger Josh Hersh has written a beautiful post about his recent experience with helping out another human being. You can read it here: When We Intersect With One Another
I agree with him and I bet many of you can easily relate to Josh’s experience and views.
Back to the point of life – if it is not about climbing to the top of the social order or gathering up as many goodies as possible, then what is it all about?
Also, if we’re so unequal in who we are and what we have (as the BS program currently operating in society would have us believe), howcome we are all prone to nature’s equalisers and levelers such as death, ill health or heartbreak? Does God / Nature/ Universe not know that the rich lady shouldn’t die because she’s rich and she’s chairman of the board?! Or that that Mr. Artist shouldn’t suffer ill-health because he attended such and such academy and is the winner of so many awards?
So when we strip away all the BS of nationality, race, gender, social status, net worth, profession, age, physical ability and so on… we are left with pure humanity. When we take pure humanity and strip away long life, short life, happy life, sad life, what is the one thing common to all of these billions of people? Through living, they experience – and they cause others to experience.
To me then, the point of all life is experience.
When experience becomes the point of life, we can forget about any kind of judgment or inequality – good, bad, happy, sad, long, short, rich, poor – it all matters and it all matters the same. Souls experience, learn and evolve. Humanity and the collective human consciousness evolves as a result. This causes the Universe, Nature, God or All That Is to grow and expand.
It seems there is a plan, a method to this madness and that the plan is working. Perfectly. And we can’t ever get it wrong or fail, because as long as we experience, we contribute and we serve our purpose.
Please tell me what you think. What do you make of all this?