Everyone is aware that life is a string of struggles. Yet it is difficult to actively choose the battles that are most important to us, as life is a complex, daunting mess, with everything grasping for our attention and desire.
In better understanding ourselves and the world, we can take life as a whole and create purpose we deem intrinsically valuable (how we’d like to affect the world). In doing so, we may choose to think for ourselves and take control of who we are instead of being driven by circumstantial values (ie desires of authority, peers, culture, our circumstantial self, our ego, etc). When everyday we align our decisions to our values and purpose, we live with less self-deception and hypocrisy, achieving a more permanent contentedness and fulfillment.
Note: This guide is meant to be objective, only disfavoring if we stop questioning the drives behind and consequences of our decisions, denying our freedom and responsibility for our actions.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates