F.: Were one to study the history of humans on this planet objectively, it would become clear just how selfish and self-motivated and self-sustaining the notions of purpose and meaning really are.
The evidence would hardly show that those with a clearly-defined purpose or meaning were the ones "living a life that had worth," at least in the estimate of the masses whose relative existence has been affected by such types or whose relative existence came to an end as a result of the actions of those driven by "their lives' meaning and purpose."
The leaders of the Spanish Inquisition (like their Puritan counterparts who organized witchcraft trials in the U.S.) had a purpose: to eliminate from their ranks those who had less faith than they should have had.
Europeans who believed in the concept of "Manifest Destiny" had a purpose: to rid the areas now known as "North, Central, and South America" of the 150,000,000 inhabitants that were standing in the way of Christians whose purpose was to "go to the fours corner of the earth and baptize everyone in the name of Jesus Christ" (and kill the ones in "the new world" who refused). Yet if you had asked them about their purpose, it would have been described as "noble" and "godly" and "good for the entire planet, ultimately."
Adolf Hitler and his henchmen had a purpose in life: to eliminate from the face of the earth every Jew, every homosexual, and every physically or mentally-handicapped person. Their lives were given meaning by working to erase everyone and everything that stood in the way of making a "master race" of people.
Kamikaze pilots in WWII had a purpose: my father watched from the deck of the ship that was transporting him from San Francisco to Okinawa as one plane after another tried to crash into the ships in their convoy and kill as many members of the Allied Forces as possible. Those pilots had a purpose, and their deaths were believed to have given meaning to their lives.
Today, Islamic extremists have a purpose. As with Christians who are instructed in their text to make everyone a Christian, the extremists want to make everyone a Muslim. (Gets rather confusing, though, when you try to pin down which brand of Christianity or which brand of Islam is believed to be the "right one.")
And the lives of the captains of Wall Street in the U.S. most assuredly had a clear-cut purpose and well-defined meaning, the result of which was a wrecking of the economies of most "developed" nations on the planet.
Ideologues in conflicting religions or political parties will tell you that their lives have a definite purpose and have significant meaning as they are driven by their religious and political personas which determine every ignorant thought they have, which control every bizarre word that comes from their mouths, and which drive all of their self-serving behaviors that follow.
Behind the claims of any and all persons who say they have found their life's purpose which is giving their life meaning, there is a hidden agenda that has nothing to do with the stated purpose or meaning.
Then there is not only the conflict but also the duality that accompany purpose-driven persons because the purpose of one will always run counter to the purpose of other persons involved, inserting duality into every aspect of (A) the lives of the purpose-driven vs. (B) the lives of those persons being affected by the "purposeful" agendas of those in Group "A."
There was the duality of the purposeful leaders of the Spanish Inquisition on one hand vs. the persons being tortured and slain on the other hand.
There was the duality of those Europeans whose lives were given meaning by helping to annihilate the 150,000,000 people who stood in the way of their goal of expansionism - driven by a belief in the natural superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race and justified with the claim that they needed to build a "Christian nation" to serve as a shining beacon to the rest of the world (a belief that is still used by politicians to help define "America's mission" in the world) vs. the interests of the native inhabitants of the invaded land who merely wanted to continue to live as they had lived for thousands of years on the other hand.
There was the duality of the purposeful, meaningful lives of the Nazis on one hand vs. the interests of the 12,000,000 killed in German death camps - and the 43,000,000 killed in a war to try to stop the Nazis' plans - on the other hand.
There's the duality of Kamikaze pilots and the duality of modern-day suicidal, Islamic extremists (with their lives' clearly-defined purpose and meaning that involved a sacrificing of their lives to kill other persons) vs. the interests of all those killed because of their differing beliefs on the other hand.
There was the duality of the purposeful leaders of Wall Street on one hand vs. the basic economic interests of billions of persons around the globe on the other hand.
There is the duality of those whose life purpose it is to impose their ideological beliefs on everyone else vs. those who prefer lives where decisions are based in logic and reason on the other hand.
There is the duality of 2.1 billion Christians and 1.5 billion Muslims whose purpose in life is to convert everyone to believe in their beliefs and to worship their version of the God of Abraham on one hand vs. the persons who would rather not join them in converting and worshipping on the other hand.
And there is the duality of those who believe that their purpose is to "save people" or to change people vs. those who have no interest at all in being saved or changed.
If you had a choice of whether to spend an entire relative existence with
(1) persons on a quest who claim to have a clearly-defined purpose that gives their lives meaning
(2) one that is enjoying the lightness of being, abiding as the contented deer that are not conscious of any supposed meaning or purpose at all
and if, before making your choice between #1 or # 2 above, you were to study objectively the impact of persons who have claimed to have found the meaning-giving purpose of their lives
could it be any clearer at all about what the sane and sound choice would be?
Again, consider the message from Maharaj to those who think their lives have been given meaning as a result of their having found their purpose in life:
Questioner: "Is there no salvation for the world?"
Maharaj: "Which world do you want to save? The world of your own projection? Save it yourself. My world? Show me my world and I shall deal with it. I am not aware of any world separate from myself...."
And, even more to the point,
Maharaj: "What business have you with saving the world, when all the world needs is to be saved from you?"
Or from inquisitionists; or from thieves and murderers who kill millions and take their land in the name of God; or from those willing to die for their causes and those willing to kill millions in the process, be they killing and dying for an emperor or for the God of Abraham or for Allah; or from greedy capitalists; or from political and religious ideologues, ad infinitum.
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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