Can Anyone Know ‘What Is Purpose’ In 2018?
Purpose and meaning are things that have become more of an individual decision in our postmodern world. Does this mean each individual is equally correct? Seems like it when you ask the majority of people. A common phrase spoken is “do what makes you happy”, or “follow your heart” and other such feel-good phrases. How can one believe everyone should follow their heart when there are individuals who in so doing would destroy as many lives as possible?
See the contradiction there?
If we were all to do whatever makes us happy all the time without limitations then a lot of people would be free to do things that would, in turn, hurt a lot of individuals. Stealing would also be permissible as long as one’s not caught. Lying would be the best choice in many situations. Many unspeakable horrors would become permissible. My thought is, ‘can we really define purpose individually’?
Can we trust ourselves with defining purpose on our own? The first question I will raise is, do you consider yourself a perfect person?
This was the first eye-opening revelation that got me to question my purpose and meaning for being here. If I believed myself to be perfect then logically I should follow my heart. The thing is I understood I am not perfect.
What is perfection though…
Correct or incorrect. RIght or wrong. Perfect or imperfect.
Good and evil is where it all points, but do objective morals even exist? Some say there is no such thing as good and evil. To some good and evil is simply a product of social conditioning. They argue that is why different cultures have different laws and rules that may be different from other culture’s laws and rules.
This must then equate with morality being relative to where you are from.
Allow me to propose a different theory. Though social conditioning happens, this does not mean there is no absolute morals or purpose.
This theory goes back to our imperfections. We recently discussed a humans inability to be perfect. When we look at the choices we have made we understand we fail and do things we later feel convictions about. Since all humans deal with imperfections, this means kings, presidents, and rulers also are imperfect, which ultimately affects the laws and rules of a society. Since different rulers struggle with different imperfections, different laws may be made legal. This affects the society, therefore conditioning different cultures differently.
Let’s get back to objective morals. We need to establish they have to exist. Only then can we can establish what purpose is. How can we do this? Since we can’t verify this empirically, we need to use logic and faith. I know, I know, there is that word you’ve been waiting to see. Don’t shut me off just yet. You see…
All of us have faith in different things. No one is 100% about anything. Living on this planet requires faith when you jump in your car or when you walk into the school or work. Yet we have faith things will go a certain way.
Logic And Reason
The faith you have is based on logic and reason. All beliefs we carry are based on assumptions we make after gathering information. These assumptions are our logical conclusions.
When it comes to morality, meaning, and destiny we need to look at our assumptions of the world very carefully. Is it logical to say that there is objective morality? If you believe this then you would also agree that a person murdering your family is not objectively wrong, you simply have an opinion that it is wrong. Or if someone steals your wallet, it isn’t wrong, you just feel it is wrong.
Is that logical…
Purpose can never truly be defined if there is no good or evil. People would be free to make up purpose, and we could never be able to objectively tell someone otherwise.
Humans are imperfect yet understand such a thing as perfection must exist. We know within ourselves love and hate exist, the question becomes, how can we define love and hate or good and evil if we are all imperfect. My answer will be the start of another blog I will write soon when time allows.
— Jose Moreno