Human Suffering and Transcendent Purpose
You’ve heard it a million billion times before. Just get out of your comfort zone and hey presto! Life will fix itself.
Unfortunately, it’s a myth. It’s not even wrong. It’s right, but…
Hard Work Doesn’t Equal Success. Mattering Can Transcend It.
…it’s just a baby step.
Its really just a recapitulation of the old Puritan myth that you’ve got to suffer to be saved. Do you? I know plenty of people, especially young people, who’ve worked themselves to the bone. Educationally, professionally, personally. And guess what? There’s no pot at the end of the rainbow anymore. They’re not very successful. That’s not a judgment. Just an observation about society these days, and it’s lack of opportunity.
Hard work doesn’t equal success anymore. Maybe it never did, but that’s another topic.
So what does? Doing something that matters.
Changing human lives in some small but significant way. Really giving, affirming, improving life.
That’s not to say billions of dollars will shower down on you from the sky if you do. Bur a) your skills will be in demand because you’ve created a demand for them b) you’ll have a decent life and c) it won’t kill you inside to live it. You’ll have sense of abiding meaning, a reason for being here. That’s worth much, much more than money.
Success doesn’t equal relentlessly pointless hard work, or even smart work. There’s no need to crucify yourself for it. You won’t be saved that way. Mattering, which is a freer, truer thing than success, comes from “doing stuff”with a point. Breakthroughs. How do you have them?
First, be human. Be open, humble, vulnerable, here. Then you’ll begin to be inspired, driven, touched, pulled, called to do something that matters a lot, even in a tiny way.
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