Alone now, darkness descendsIn me, something tries to make amendsNo perception, nothing to feel or seeDemons rise like crowds in the mind of me Screaming faces I can’t reconcileEach one from me I cannot hideMaybe those that once I knewPeople I loved and that loved me too Alone now deeper still and endless nightUnlike before […]
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Abraham H. Maslow, in his seminal paper A Theory of Human Motivation, said that man [human beings] is a perpetually wanting animal. There seems to be no denying this, and, in fact, it seems to be a fundamental basis for the growth of the species. In this mode of wanting, in our desire for more, to fill a psychological void, there is the prospect of achieving peak experience. Peak Experience is the seemingly seldom reached place where we may say that we have made it, if even for only a short period.
Is free will an illusion? Do we have free will to choose our future life experience, or are our lives predetermined in some way? We seem to have the free will to perform trivial tasks like cross the street or not, to buy a coffee here or over there, to pay for our ticket now or wait for a better deal. But, when it comes to significant life events, perhaps it’s not so cut and dry. Despite our best intentions, stuff happens. So, are we fooled by the illusion of free will?
Why do we work? What is the purpose of work apart from providing us with money to buy stuff we don’t need and pay bills? Is it possible to be happy and fulfilled in our daily work or are we destined to despise, yet endure its demands on our lives? Sure, we need money in our pockets to function within the societal system, but most of us it seems, are dissatisfied and disengaged
What is the meaning of life? Why am I here, and how can I achieve happiness? These questions, I believe, occupy the minds of people the world over. It seems that the more complex society becomes, the more information available, the more lost we are and the greater our striving for meaning. In our desperation for answers, we often turn to ill-suited and unreliable external sources.
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