The Purpose of Life…

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

So, for me, the purpose of life is…

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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 Replies to “The Purpose of Life…”

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog, It gave me an opportunity to visit yours. You are a talented musician as well as a writer that uses his words well to convey a message that everyone can understand. I really liked this post especially where you state: “To share the value that you have created with others results in a far greater and deeper happiness than creating value alone.” It has the opportunity to affect others and can make a difference in their spirit. Wishing you many blessings for success in your music.

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  2. Thank you for liking “Night Beauty.” I enjoyed reading your thoughtful post. I like that your concept of the purpose of life involves actions that spread positive energy and experiences to others.

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  3. Good stab at a purpose in life. It works for me. But for me it is multilayered.
    I do not understand the overall purpose of mankind, or the universe as there are many questions but I have found no good answers. God for me has not meddled since the big bang.

    “It is what it is, but what does it mean – We are ignorant parts in a greater machine (evolution of mankind).
    “We are free to choose our own purpose, without fear if we dare
    As we run too fast from a life not fair”

    Life is inherently not fair but once accepted can be forgotten – we are born we live and we die, we compete for we know not why – Depending on where we are in our lives our purpose can be big or small…inevitably love plays a big part.
    I have come to believe that while we have something to share (adding value) we have a purpose in life and that may be as small as a smile or a nice greeting.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    (Quotes are mine from a poem/song Black Hat)

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  4. I love your music – it would be great for meditation and reminds me of some of the “out of the world” places I’ve visited high up in the wilderness. Glad you checked out my blog too. And you’re right the purpose to life is to evolve spiritually!

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  5. When I saw the title to this post, I said to myself, “I’ve got to read this! Finally, someone with an answer!” I wasn’t disappointed. This is, by far, the best explanation to the proverbial “purpose of life” question I’ve ever heard. All the other explanations I’ve stumbled upon seem to be merely skimming the surface of what the actual purpose of life may be. I”m delighted to see someone fearlessly take the plunge below any surface meaning and do it eloquently as well. Bravo.

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  6. Hi James, I think that’s a great perspective on life. I would agree that our lives have more meaning and purpose when we include others in the process. And I love your definition of value as adding life. Thanks for creating great music and words to “add value” for others.
    blessings, Brad

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