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What is the purpose of life?
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:24:04 AM »
Mon 21 Oct 2013, 11:52 am

   Good Morning All,

Wait!  Wait! Don't tell me.  I'm thinking!

   We have been having a great time with our friends over at the REBT-CBT Forum discussing the timeless question, What is the Purpose of Life?  Actually, REBT has quite a bit to say about this, but I fear that what it has to say is not very satisfying to those who raise the question!  Here is my take.

   While I think this is a valid existential, philosophical and theological question, I don't pretend to know the answer.  And while the question may sometimes be valid, I think that often it is simply "depression-speak."   An individual feels disconnected, without direction, meaning or purpose.  Then the unhealthily rumination over the question which is not really a question, but rather  a resonating re-statement of a the distorted conclusion the person has already arrived at.  Namely that Life has no purpose!"  It is a odd game, the cognitive equivalent of "Russian Roulette,"  which like an echo chamber, simply amplifies and reinforces the depression.  I am not saying that this (and this type) of question is always a symptom of depression . . . but often it is, especially of it is ruminating, intrusive and/or obsessive.
   To put it another way, people who are happy, fulfilled, fruitfully involved in some interesting personal pursuits, supported by loving and nourishing relationships,  rarely spend much time worrying about the "Purpose of Life."   Those few who do are called philosophers, and I have no beef that or with them,  except to observe that the 20th Century sure produced a bunch  of gloomy, grumpy philosophers!
   I agree with what others have expressed her better than I.  The REBT solution to this conundrum is to infuse your life with meaning and purpose by engaging in meaningful activities, ones which bring you a sense of purpose. It is as simple as that, really.   It is no wonder that one of the ancient, traditional  ways of counteracting depression, and still one of the most effective, is to go out and do some service or volunteer work, something that gets you "outside" of your self.
   What do you think?
   Khon Kaen, Thailand