Comments on “Schematic overview: purpose”

Comments

Enjoyable and/or Useful?

Quick question, David: Would you say you’re advocating for doing things which are enjoyable and/or useful, or only things which are both enjoyable and useful? The former makes more sense to me as an approach to purpose.

Ideally both

Yes—ideally both, but either is better than neither.

Realistically, some of life has to be doing things that are neither (unless one is very lucky). Meditation can help those seem somewhat meaningful anyway. But on the whole, they don’t contribute to what one would consider a meaningful life.

“Enjoyable and/or useful” is totally obvious, but seems to be necessary to say anyway: because so often people get captured by alternatives.

Add new comment

Navigation

This page is in the section Purpose,
      which is in Doing meaning better.

The next page in this section is Mission.

General explanation: Meaningness is a hypertext book. Start with an appetizer, or the table of contents. Its “metablog” includes additional essays that are not part of the book.

To hear about new content, Subscribe by email subscribe to my email newsletter, Follow Meaningness on Twitter follow me on Twitter, use the Syndicate content RSS feed, or see the list of recent pages.

Click on terms with dotted underlining to read a definition.

The book is a work in progress; pages marked ⚒︎ are under construction.