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"Goals"

Goals tangle my feet.

I'd rather let them go their own way.

Tumbleweed

From the time we were born, and often even before, goals are presented to us. And for many, goals are established for us.

In spite of this, even if that goal is attained, we seek some purpose in life. We desire to know why we were born, and if there is some destiny we are to fulfill.

This quest is not new, so let us research what the Wise of Antiquity have discovered on this subject.

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Here is what the Qur'an of Islam has to say:

"I have created the jinn and humankind only that they might serve me."

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And here is an African tradition:

"Father, O mighty Force, That force which is in everything, come down between us, fill us, until we become like thee."

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A Christian view:

"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? .... For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are."

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Now this, a Hindu take on the matter:

"Everything that moves, breathes, opens and closes lives in the Self. He is the source of love and may be known through love but not through thought. He is the goal of life. Attain that goal!"

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And this, a rather pessimistic view from Pindar:

"It is not possible with mortal mind to search out the purposes of the gods."

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Here's one from Zeno that is a little more direct:

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature."

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Finally, we leave with a dictum from George Bernard Shaw:

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."

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Informative views one and all. Now let's turn the subject over to our Antiquated Wisemen.

(continued)

Why? part 1

Why? (part 2) Goals

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