This Virtual Soldier’s Speech Explains How to Have True Purpose in Life
Humans are agents of change.
From the moment we are conceived, our body begins to evolve. It grows until we’re born, and then it grows some more. Our bones, cells, muscles, even our brains — they constantly renew themselves. Day after day, month after month, year after year. It all changes until it can’t change anymore.
In time, we start to decay. Decay, too, is change. It’s not a bad thing, you know? As Steve Jobs said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
We don’t change just on the inside. Between birth and death, we change everything we interact with. We change nature, culture, and others. Throwing a rock is change. Discussing remote work is change. Patting a friend on the back is change. Even sleeping is change.
Change is the most human thing we do — and the most powerful way to enact change is through purpose.
The Clearest Lens on Life
Most people’s ultimate goal is to have $10 million in the bank. The freedom of not having to do anything is their idea of perfect, ever-lasting bliss. It’s a trap, of course — as evidenced by the world’s countless rich yet miserable people.
Purpose, on the other hand, is an all-powerful source of inspiration anyone can attain. It takes time to find, but once we do, it easily dwarfs the allure of our margaritas-on-the-beach aspirations. When you have purpose, you’ll gain more satisfaction from struggling towards something than others will from never needing to risk anything.
Purpose infuses life with meaning. It gives significance to commitment, patience, and sacrifice. Purpose turns impediments to happiness into sources of happiness — because meaning is our greatest driver of long-term joy.