I thought I would go with an easy topic this week ;-)

So, for me, the purpose of life is…


In case you can’t read my handwriting, it says:

To: create value, and to

connect with, and give that value to others,

in order to foster evolution.

I’ll explain.

When I talk about value I mean: anything that adds life.  Value can be in anything that you create, do, or are.  It could be something you make with your hands, it could be a piece of art, it could be a meal, it could be a house; but it could just as easily be a feeling that you create within yourself and then share, or an act of kindness towards yourself or another.  It could be telling the truth, it could be holding someones hand, it could be creating the 8th wonder of the world.

But creating value in a vacuum is empty.  To share the value that you have created with others results in a far greater and deeper happiness than creating value alone.

Happiness is not the same as pleasure.  Pleasure is generally momentary, and generally serves only the person partaking in it.  It is not lasting, nor does it necessarily benefit others (unless it holds value).  Happiness is a different feeling.  It is hard to pin down with language, but we all know it when we feel it.

Now, I make no claim to knowing How Things Are, or Absolute Truth, or any of that.  This is simply an idea which I have found to be true in my life, and I offer it in case it has any value in yours.  If not, no biggie ;-)

And, on an entirely related subject:

the record is coming along very, very well.

Soon, soon soon.

[40 days till album release]

My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.  If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music.  Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.

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252 thoughts on “ The Purpose of Life… ”

  1. James, this is power… I echo your sentiments & I look forward to joining you on this journey. Happiness & Pleasure are cousins, but two separate entities and it is incumbent on us to make that distinction. Thank you for writing this!


  2. The way you discuss happy vs pleasure is how I think of happiness vs contentment. Personally, I think of happiness as more of a peak… “I’ll be so happy when”,.However being content is a goal for day to day… Just my thoughts :-)


    1. That’s really interesting.
      You know, we probably mean pretty much the same thing, we’re just languaging it differently. I guess the peak for me would be joy, or ecstacy.
      Thanks for sharing, if you have any more, feel free to keep it coming.
      – J


    1. Thanks for connecting ;-)
      If you are still wanting some stimulation, I would try either: the music of Zoe Keating, or, if you are ready for a harrowing but heartbreakingly beautiful read, you could check out ‘The Road’, by Cormac McCarthy.
      And thanks for your beautiful words,


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