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What strange whim, in history of humankind, has compelled people from every walk of life to leave their cozy home and embark on risky ventures? Perhaps this whim is not so strange after all. A multitude of conquests have been made for sheer joy of conquering against great odds. The operative word is pride, accompanied by excitement. To conquest-minded people infinite ease of heaven entails infinite boredom. To them life – together with struggle that is integral to it – is very thing that perfect happiness leaves to be desired. It is an opportunity to prove courageous and victorious, though it is also a risk of failing painfully.
Happiness is about grasping this opportunity with courage and gaining a victory over obstacles that stand between us and success in all activities that most matter to us. This victory is often strenuous and always limited, precarious, and transitory, and we are bound to lose battle in end; but that makes victory all more precious and worthy of savoring.
When trying to define activities in which we most care to succeed, we are forced to study our nature to know our purpose. Our growing wise depends on this study and this knowledge, leading to this definition. It begins with an awareness of our animal will to survive, as survival is foundation on which life, in truly human sense, is built. The awareness of life in this sense follows. It takes into account both our humanity and our individuality, as members of society with particular tastes and abilities to which a wide range of activities are suited.
The clearer we are about our purpose, more we can live our lives with determination and passion, and so with a greater chance of succeeding and achieving happiness. The reverse is equally true. It therefore stands to reason that in striving after wisdom we lay groundwork for success and happiness.
Laurent Grenier’s career as a full-time writer and philosopher spans over twenty years. He has released various articles in art and philosophical magazines. He has also written some philosophical essays, a collection of memories and thoughts, and a compendium of physiology and nutrition, still unpublished. “A Reason for Living” constitutes his best work to date.
Official web site: http://laurentgrenier.com/ARFL.html