Apr 27, 2007
What is your purpose in life?
Our life has become so routine so much that our minds have become conditioned to doing things almost in an automatic manner. For example, one does not need to work up in the morning and study a health manual in order to decide on what will be best to eat in that morning. We almost converge on the same habit of eating bread, butter, and cakes as our breakfast. Beyond this routine, who has ever asked himself/herself what his or her purpose in life is? Listening to Anton Gollub’s presentation on the Johannesburg Housing Company on Friday last week made me to think afresh as to what my purpose in life is. Interestingly, I discovered from Anton that what I had always considered as my purpose in life in fact constituted my goals and objectives! My opinion is that everyone in life must make someone else’s life more bearable. One must strive to fit into the greater scheme of existence. Rather than search for food, eat, sleep and go to the private house!, we must try to make sure that our lives make a positive impact on our fellow men, communities, and the globe at large. Many people are not alive, they just exist. They buy best cars; good houses, and marry the most beautiful women but remain as unsatisfied as before. Yet those people who started orphanages, for example, and are less materially rich, are the happiest people because they are fulfilling their purpose in life (that is, that of salvaging the fatherless and motherless). Let me take the example of teaching. Teaching is not a great profession, one may say, but there are some people who have been teaching for twenty years, and given a second life, they would teach for another twenty years because teaching gives them a chance to impact on other people’s lives forever. It is therefore important to make sure that all that we do in life impacts on other people’s lives in a positive way. My purpose in life is to commit my expertise to the health and economic development of African states. Hence I have termed my blog "The Developmentalist." I cannot express this better than Dr Azar Jamine when he said that “Business needs to wake up to the fact that just making money is an empty goal without contributing to the betterment of life of your fellow human beings.”