When I meet my Maker, I want to be able to look them square in the eyes and proudly say, ‘thank you for the most amazing experience ever. I have returned my body to whence it came having kept it in the best condition I could. And, of course, I did my best to look after our Mother Earth whilst I was visiting’.
And, disseminate the research of the positive psychology movement started by Professor Martin Seligman, former President of the American Psychological Association, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
We are teleological beings. We naturally desire a goal in life. A reason. A why. A direction. Napoleon Hill expressed it best and referred to the greatest ill of mankind as ‘drifting’ in life. He believed that at that point you were lost to the influences of the devil.
I know from personal experience that when I have a goal that inspires me and that I am passionate about I work harder, am much happier and enjoy life more.
I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can… And, to the utmost of my power, I exhort all other men (and women) to do the same… I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
…a man (or woman) who commits himself/herself :-), and who realizes that he (or she) is not only the individual that he/she chooses to be, but also a legislator choosing at the same time what humanity as a whole should be, cannot help but be aware of his/her own full and profound responsibility.
Certainly, many believe their actions involve no one but themselves, and were we to ask them, ‘But what if everyone acted that way?’ they would shrug their shoulders…
… In truth, however, one should always ask oneself, ‘What would happen if everyone did what I am doing?’ The only way to evade that disturbing thought is through some kind of bad faith. Someone who lies to himself and excuses himself/herself …
~ Jean-Paul Sartre