“All human beings act by virtue of their existence and their nature as human beings. We could not conceive of human beings who do not act purposefully, who have no ends in view that they desire and attempt to attain. Things that did not act, that did not behave purposefully, would no longer be classified as human.” Ludwig von Mises Human Action
Brought to my attention by this slightly more contemporary version.
– There is no escaping reason, no denying purpose, for as we both know, Without purpose we would not exist.
– It is purpose that created us.
– Purpose that connects us.
– Purpose that pulls us.
– That guides us.
– That drives us.
– It is purpose that defines.
– Purpose that binds us.
Stupid thing wouldn’t let me just embed it.
Anyway. So what then, is a man without purpose? According to Mises, not human. That’s a scary thought.
I had a purpose once. But I failed to achieve it. Then I found another, only to discover that it was a youthful fantasy. Then I found still one more, and lost that to what I can only assume is a combination of the reasons I lost the first two.
So what now? Find another? Easier said than done. Each of those took years to find. What am I until that point? Is the purpose of finding a purpose enough of one to keep me classified as human? Or am I simply something else until a new purpose can be found? What if I never do? Do I float along, no goals, no plans, no purpose, until the end? A life largely wasted for want of a purpose?
There is no escaping reason, no denying purpose, for as we both know, Without purpose we would not exist.