The Purpose of Life.

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on Jul 29, 2012
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the purpose of life


“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


It isn’t just about happy feelings or who ends up with the most toys.

It’s about thinking of others first, pitching in and sometimes—getting a little dirty.


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11 Responses to “The Purpose of Life.”

  1. kat says:

    aren't those the qualities that make most people happy?

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  3. solfulsoul says:

    I think the clarification is important. Sure, those things will make most people happy, but lesser endeavors and simpler indulgences also make people “happy”.

  4. John Backman says:

    Brilliant quote. And I agree with Kate: it's a matter of focus. From what I can see, it makes more sense to focus on being useful, compassionate, etc., because that nudges us to contribute to the reality that is larger than ourselves. If I focus on being happy all my life, what have I done that moves us forward as a species? If, however, I focus on being useful etc., I add my one person's contributions to making us all better.

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