Purpose?
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Life is a journey without a clear-cut destination. We slog through, searching for happiness that is just around the next bend in the road. Perhaps happiness lies only one choice away, and we haven’t made the right one yet. Many believe in an afterlife with all questions answered. They presume pain is dissolved into a sweet serenity that engulfs them for eternity. Some believe we live a transient existence and die fading to everlasting darkness to be forgotten by all. Still, others believe we are reborn to learn lessons we have yet to be taught or experiences our previous existence denied us. A belief that life has purpose seems to be the only purpose of living.
Happiness is always just one more hurdle away, never presenting itself but in fleeting moments of delusional fantasy. We tell ourselves that we have a purpose, having some way of justifying all the pain and suffering that all inevitably suffer at the hands of a remorseless universe of constant entropy. We have to tell ourselves little fibs to make each day seem bearable, not to seem so pointless.
Suppose life has a purpose, then it isn’t happiness but a lesson in suffering and hardship. Happiness is an apparition, ever elusive and wholly unattainable. Even the most fortunate among us suffer under the weight of the struggle of life and are always seeking temporary moments of perceived happiness. Many seem to hold the world in the palms of their hands and yet cut their own lives short through ever-increasing risk and self-harm.
If the lesson of existence is suffering and hardship, then that must mean that our purpose is not in seeking happiness but in helping our fellow man through the harrowing journey that is this life into whatever fate awaits us all. If we operate from a position of resignation to the toil, our comfort must come from the companionship of our fellow travelers on this perilous road. We must place faith in compassion and have compassion for all those we meet.
Life is hard, and none of us make it out alive. It’s not even apparent that the choices we make change the course of our existence. Our fate perhaps is predetermined by some significant autocratic entity or universal laws beyond our limited comprehension. Then, it should be the case that since we know, all suffer we should seek to never add to the suffering of others. We are all on this tumultuous sea of tears together, and it is indomitable. We have no hope of overcoming the degradation of time; our only hope is that we don’t add to the suffering of others. We are all in this battle together against an obscure enemy that conceals itself well and can never be defeated. So we must shoulder the burden together and live our lives with honor and compassion to all!

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I'm a veteran of the U.S Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan. I will not pull punches in my articles and what you see is what you get.
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