The Purpose of Life , post by James Radcliffe
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.
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