Is life without purpose worth living?

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Is life without a purpose worth living?

A simple question with a complex answer. ‘Purpose’ is an abstract concept without a precise definition. How I understand purpose is perhaps different from your definition.

The different definitions of ‘purpose’, however, coincide with the aspect of believing in something.

With purpose, you have a target you want to achieve. A belief you hold despite all trembles of life. ‘Purpose’ does not necessarily imply something you are working towards, it is something you want to work towards.

I like defining ‘purpose’ in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's terms: “The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” It is in finding a reason to live.

You can find something to live for, but actually living for it is where some people draw the line.

It takes faith to believe in something, but it takes courage to work for it.

How much courage do you have to stand firm by your beliefs?

We live in a dynamic world in which people are forced to change their priorities almost daily. A world where our beliefs are questioned daily; be it moral, religious, or social. Where we are ‘forced’ to redefine our goals.

What happens when we change too much that our ‘once was’ purpose is meaningless to us now? When we no longer have purpose? Is life still worth living then?



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Esther Mueni

Esther Mueni


Tech Nerd || Hobbyist writer | Poems | General Musings | Short stories.