For whatever reason, we humans are very curious creatures. We want to know. We want to understand, and we are incredibly good at it, too. Look around you and see how far our learning and sciences have come.
Yet we are still faced with the mysteries of existence. We ask “Why? Why does this exist? Why do I exist?” Like a bug to a light, many find themselves repeatedly drawn to these questions.
But, this is foolish. He who is wise has long since given up the question “Why?” Allow me to explain.
First of all, no answers to this kind of question will help you. Answers only create more questions. Peace and joy is your objective, and for this, you need no answers.
Second of all, it is simply not possible for the mind to make knowledge and understandings out of the mysteries of life. We are limited beings. Whatever “answers” anyone comes up with, they are small, insignificant, tiny. They do not capture the mystery, but are merely contained within it.
But perhaps I can share some insight about the “purpose” of life. Let me ask you, why does a flower blossom?
Clearly, whatever purpose is there in the flower’s existence, the flower doesn’t have to actively do anything to achieve it. It can’t do anything because it has no volition, obviously. All the flower can do is just be, just grow, just blossom. Just to exist, just to execute it’s evolution, that is the purpose of the flower. The same is true for all organisms. The true, deep “purpose” in our life is not in anything we do or achieve.
Just like the flower, just like the cat, just like the giraffe or fish or any other being, the purpose of our life is not created through our actions, through our accomplishments or achievements. The true purpose of our life is found in the existence itself, in the evolutionary process which is already happening.
We humans are the only creatures who can conceive of “purpose”. And therefore we are the only creatures who think that we have to do something in order to create purpose or meaning in our life.
Whatever purpose there is to life, you’re already doing it. You always have been, and you always will. You are breathing. Your heart is beating. The sun is shining. Life is going on, all you must do is sit back and enjoy it.
Existence is dancing!
Human intellect will continue to forge ahead into uncharted territory. But do not allow the stillness and peace of your consciousness to be disturbed by your inability to answer, “Why?” Trying to answer cannot ever bring you closer to truth.