Finding A Purpose in Everyday Living.
Finding a purpose in everyday life is a lot more complex than it sounds. If one takes a moment to look at his or her life as a whole "surely it might be easier to find some hidden value "some purpose in a life well lived. But if asked to do this each day, it becomes a more labor intensive task. "The root cause of the decay of faith has not been any particular discovery of science, but rather the general spirit of science and certain basic assumptions upon which modern science from the seventeenth century onwards has proceeded."" (Stace) Why are we here? Why do we go to school, go to work, get married, have children and pay our bills on time? What is it all for, really? In the end we all know our fate "no matter how good we have been (or conversely, how rotten) we all end up taking the eternal dirt nap. Death is the one certainty, the one thing that links us all together on our journey of human existence. .
With all this being said, is it possible to find happiness or meaning in life? Possibly. How, you might ask? According to Stace's article Man Against Darkness this is not a question that should be asked or answered. "To ask any question about why things are thus, or what purpose their being so serves, is to ask a senseless question, because they serve no purpose at all."" (Stace) I however, do not agree. I think the questions need to be asked and that answers should be sought. I think that in order to find meaning and happiness in life one must savor the simple things that make life special. A walk on the beach at sunset, relishing the flavor of your favorite ice cream on a warm summer day, enjoying the company of someone you love and respect. All of these things are uncomplicated but bring immeasurable satisfaction into the lives of most people. (Cooper).
When we think of meaning in our lives we tend to think in terms of monetary self-worth.