Why do humans crave purpose? What is it inside us that drives us to find meaning in the world, in existence, in what we do? The human is an odd animal. We’re the only ones you’ll find raising banners above our dwellings signifying allegiance to something greater than ourselves. Sure birds make nests, but have you ever seen one form a nest in Gothic style with gargoyles planted to ward off evil spirits? Humans have the unique capacity to postulate metaphysical questions of existence. You’ll be hard pressed to find a single ancient culture that cropped up anywhere on Earth that didn’t propose the Divine exists.
I struggled to find a way to tell you, as Sam Harris (a renowned atheist speaker) might, that you can create meaning and purpose for yourself. I would love to tell you that if I could, but the joy you’d find there would be like a dust covered mirror reflecting poorly back to you what true Joy is. So let’s define it shall we? Joy, as opposed to happiness, is a desire. There is something out there you wish would be true so much so that perhaps you have a suspicion it might just be. I have plenty of friends that love Star Wars. I remember as a kid running around pretending I had Force powers. In High School I actually shot a video where I finally did have Force powers due to movie magic – it was great!