Vince Imbat

My quest

Jul 13, 2022

Below are the arguments that led me to understand what I am to do with my life.

# The framework

  1. we did not choose to exist.
  2. Life is inherently meaningless.
  3. Even if life is inherently meaningless, we can still live meaningfully.
  4. Believing on a God can be convenient, but God does not exist.
  5. Since God does not exist and There is no single purpose everyone must follow, I am left to DIY how to live.
  6. The formula for a good life is simply this: To live well simply means to set your own intentions and live according to them.
  7. To live intentionally requires adequate self-knowledge
  8. To fulfill one’s intentions, one needs to have adequate knowledge about the world.
  9. When transitioning from unintentional to intentional living, you need to know enough about what you want and how you are going to get what you want. The former requires self-knowledge. The latter requires knowledge about the world.

# My process

  1. A part of my DIY how to live project is ensuring that I am free of pain and happy as much as possible (Happiness).
  2. But then, I realize that Happiness is not the ultimate value, and that I also need Meaning.
  3. These arguments led me to a simple articulation of my purpose: “My purpose is to understand reality and respond to it appropriately so I can live a happy and meaningful life.”

# The metaphor

Seeing life through this metaphor makes Walking relevant and writing walking excursions appropriate. I am an existent who ultimately doesn’t know where he came from. I came to a space that is foreign. I didn’t choose to be here. This space can be tough. There is one way out: death. And yet I chose to live. In this space, I take a walk slowly to understand where I am and try to live with curiosity. First, I do it only to survive, but I realize I am capable of more than that. I walk to learn the geography because I can attend to other existents who occupy the same space. I can attend in some way that I create happiness and meaning, things that are not innately in the space, things that only I, the being with the mind, could provide. The space is meaningless and I have the capacity to bring meaning to it. It is as if I was chosen to do this very work.

To do

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