What Is Life's Purpose?

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Life Purpose Is a Guiding Mechanism

The biggest question about living in this World is "What Is Your Life's Purpose"? Now, this singular question can be phrased in several different manners-

(a) What Is Your Life's Purpose(as I have already done) or (b) What Is Your Purpose In Life? or

(c) What Is Your Purpose of Life? or (d) What is Your Purpose For Life? or (e) What Is Your Purpose of Living? or (f) Why Do You Live? or (h) What Purpose Does Your Life Serve?

Why Do You Live? What Purpose Does Your Life Serve?

Let's start out with "Why do you live?" and "What purpose does your life serve?" because these two questions put a different context on understanding them. Why do you live? Well, to be honest, you live because you were born. Fairly simple to understand. What purpose does your life serve? Let's notice a particular word- "serve".

The word "serve" puts a different context on your purpose. Thus, it gives it a different meaning. All your actions should serve a purpose, but from time to time, that purpose will change depending on what the action is for or better yet who it's for?

Why Do You Live?

As a citizen- Why do you live? is very important because, it not only determines your path, but also determines what and how your path affects and effects those around you. If you bring a purpose that is selfish in nature, then you will not only damage your own life, but will cause insurmountable damage to those who live in your surroundings. You should have a good character, as an individual, which shows in your actions. Your actions should always have purpose behind them, so people are able to understand the meaning you give your life.

Yes, let me repeat that- the purpose behind your actions tell other people about the meaning you give your life. Your life will not have any sort of real meaning, if you do not give your life purpose. And, remember you must select or choose the purpose.

No one, and I mean no one can grant you a purpose or give you a purpose. If someone tells you that your purpose in life is to serve them or to serve yourself, then they are attempting to manipulate you. And, that my friend is no laughing matter. If they are attempting to manipulate you and you do not see it happening, either because of a lack of knowledge or chosen ignorance, then you are the only one to blame.

Good vs Evil Purposes?

A Purpose can be good or evil. Many people will argue, just for the sake of arguing, that "good" and "evil" are human concepts. However, humanity has made a distinction, based on a philosophy concept known as duality. There are many different types of concepts and not all of them are to be believed and you should be able to rationally determine which are right and wrong.

If you are unable to do so, then there happens to be a likelihood that you will be manipulated without ever knowing the difference. Which means, you will have lived your entire life, under someone else's authority and not your own. That would be a grave mistake, considering the damage caused.

Again, your purpose will serve either good or evil. You must make a choice which you will serve. Should you decide to choose evil, then you will have a very rough life going forward. However, if you select good, then you will be rewarded with a great life going forward.

Yeah, I know, the old adage- "Why are good people made to suffer?" comes to mind. If you haven't heard that adage, then you truly haven't learned about your life. Good people suffer for two specific reasons- (a) they are manipulated more often than not and (b) their own perception of the actions, either their own or other people is damaged/skewed.

Purpose of Life, Purpose of Living

Your purpose of life or purpose of living shouldn't be about yourself. It should be about something that isn't ego filled, such as the betterment of humanity or people helping people, or protection of the human species. If you create a purpose of living that isn't of those above, then you are creating a self-serving, egotistical purpose of life, which only serves to damage others.

Your individual actions will speak volumes about your own individual character. It will show people how much you understand your life. When your actions speak louder than your voice and the two don't match, then you are showing people that you cannot be respected, trusted or loved.

You will accumulate no friends, you will have disrespect from family and you will walk through your life with a negative view. Not to mention, you will continue to ask yourself, why me? Why is my life so lousy? Why doesn't anything ever go right? And, never find the answers.

Please understand that I've spent much of my early life filled with ego and then came to the self realization that I was damaging the people I had around me and those who I interacted with. Thus, I was ruining my life.

Once I came to that self realization it was a lesson in humility and a very hurtful one at that. However, I have learned to overcome and understand what is necessary to prevent it from happening again. It takes true awareness and recognizing that life isn't solely about self. Setting your own purpose as I've outlined here will help you, so you can overcome the same hurdle I did.

Thank you for your time.

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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

An interesting hub and I'll refrain from making any spiritual remarks. I am pleased though that we agree that life is not about our own ego.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Ann. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. You're more than welcome to say whatever you like. Everyone has their own belief system. Perception being what it is.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Theres so much more to the purpose of life. .


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you tirelesstraveler for reading and commenting. Much appreciated. However, my point of the article was to establish the whole point of creation of purpose. Something we are to do for ourselves, with the understanding that it isn't about ego. We create our purpose, just like we create the life and path we live. Many people think purpose is granted or given, but it is not.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

I would be one of those people, and I am all right with us having differing opinions.

I am really glad you came back.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

I don't have a problem with people having a difference of opinions because I'm of the mind to know better which is alright by me. As for me being back? I'm not actually. I posted a few articles I had taken down because now they've become more relevant and can be recognized. However, I'm not likely to put any further articles up, due to HP Team and apparent changes. But, I appreciate your time.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

Wonderful work as always. I had to press every button except funny.

When l was blessed with better health and lived 20 years on an island that l still call home. , l managed to help countless people in different ways.

I have never been so happy. They will always feel like the best 20 years of my life.

I struggle a bit now that my health is not so good and living in England doesn't allow me to help people the way l used to.

Yet after reading your hub, l realise that l can find another purpose here instead. Love your work.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Hey Dim Flaxenwick, always a pleasure to see and hear from you. I hope your health doesn't do too much to diminish your mind or what you feel like doing. Purpose isn't an entire lifelong act unless you can continue to do it without interruption from specific sources. Now, all you have to do is create another purpose for you. Thank you for the compliment and I'm honored by your kind words. I'm grateful for all the marks and comment. :)


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

Very enlightening for many. I must say that when I decided to live life as a purposely good person, a lot of doors started opening for me. I can't say that I have ever been happier than now. Life is so good.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you MarleneB for reading and commenting. I'm always grateful. Yes, I'll agree many people have taken the same road as you and found it to be better, because they realize they're motivating themselves to do the work they do. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

"Why do you live?" My favourite paragraph, though l love the entire hub, which is why l am back here reading it again.


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Dim Flaxenwick. I'm glad you came back to read it again. I'm humbled you would come back again also. It's nice to see you. Hope you're well. Take care. :)


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Hi, I am back too. Had some ideas to present and totally forgot what they were. Nice to see you:)


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Cagsil 2 years ago from USA or America Author

Hello tirelesstraveler, nice to see you also. I certainly hope you remember the ideas, so you can write them down for yourself. Some times it happens, here one second, gone the next. Thank you for stopping by my hub and commenting. :)


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Jean Bakula 23 months ago from New Jersey

Carolyn Myss writes a lot of books and lectures about life purpose. She even has a deck of cards where you choose 12 aspects of yourself, and put together the puzzle of yourself and what you should be doing. I began reading her work a few years ago. Interestingly, as our life changes, we can see our purposes changing too. She has some videos on You Tube you may enjoy. My life has changed drastically in the past year, and I'm working on what my purpose is now.


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Cagsil 23 months ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Jean Bakula for reading and commenting. Much appreciate. You can have many purposes that are connected to a greater purpose. Just remember, you must create your life purpose. It doesn't come from somewhere else. :)


nic 21 months ago

This is really shallow and and also wrong. If you want to know about why, then look up "Krishnamurti", or "Osho".


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Cagsil 21 months ago from USA or America Author

Shallow and wrong? That's an interesting statement. I know why, but appreciate you pointing me to others, since you're unable to explain it yourself. That fact alone, shows enough. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Well said...I agree. Life is not about us, really. My take on it is that our main purpose that we are on the planet to help make the walk of others less difficult by helping (not enabling them ) to become and have a better life.

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Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Cagsil 15 months ago from USA or America Author

It's nice to see you agree Pstraubie48 and I appreciate the compliment too. I'm grateful for the share on Google+ and Twitter. Have a great day. :)


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starme77 13 months ago

Nice - I like this one :) always believed in good and evil myself. I try to stay away from evil people with negative thoughts.


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Cagsil 13 months ago from USA or America Author

Thank you Starme, always a pleasure to see you and hear your thoughts. I'm grateful for your comment and appreciate you taking time to read. I'm also glad you liked it too. :)


charlie 3 weeks ago

You are like a rolling wheel down a living slope given existence & momentum by a sequence of previous wheels each with a built in function of living & producing more wheels. No self purpose. Just exist, reproduce, decay, cease.


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Cagsil 3 weeks ago from USA or America Author

Thank you for coming to my hub and posting a comment on my article. Much appreciated. However, I guess you missed the point of the article, which I cannot say I'm not surprised. First off, I don't just exist. I exist because (a) I was born into universe, (b) had two physical parents & (c) continue to exist because I shaped my purpose around my life. My "self" purpose as you put it, is about a grander scheme than myself, yet includes me inside the equation, as I continue to shape my life via my purpose, which was established by me. Again, thank you for your time.

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