“For the secret of man’s being is not only to live . . . but to live for something definite. Without a firm notion of what he is living for, man will not accept life and will rather destroy himself than remain on earth. . . .”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky (quoted in Os Guinness’s The Call)
We are teleological beings, designed with purpose for purpose. Perhaps this is why Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life was a best seller. Apparently he addressed a basic human longing or essential property of what it means to be human. If living intentionally is basic to our humanity, then living unintentionally is as out of character as is living for material pleasures only. Clearly we are more than an aggregate of chemicals and nerve endings subject to their enslaving demands and merely responding to their clamorings. No! We are to live for something definite, something worthy of our time, worthy of our energies. To fulfill a destiny is what it means to be human.
For what or whom are you living? What do you find worthy!?