Originally posted by chaney3
Does anyone on this forum actually know what their purpose in life is? If you are spiritual, does your spirituality impact your purpose?
I think 'life' is an almost incomprehensibly wondrous thing that presents all manner of opportunities that should be seized and explored. I also think people should easily be able to find "purpose" or "purposes" rooted in these opportunities, which are in turn made possible by our highly complex faculties and capacities.
Because we each have unique identities, we will each be the author of a unique narrative that provides the substance of that identity. This task of 'authorship', to my way of thinking, easily involves (or creates) more than enough "purpose" or "purposes".
By this I mean such pursuits as feeding one's natural curiosity with reflection, learning and varied experience, affecting others and changing one's environment in positive ways, building relationships with people we love, setting goals and reaching them or setting different ones if we can't, making plans and implementing them, perhaps raising children and trying to equip them with the capacities to author interesting narratives of their own.
I think it's an exhilarating miscellany of interlocking things that cannot be reduced to a single stated "purpose", but I do think that this constantly developing miscellany can be summed up as the exploration of possibilities and the exercise of our faculties ~ two inclinations/capacities that (I think) define us as humans.