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Jun 19, 2019 09:15:42

Meaning of Life

by @basilesamel PATRON | 230 words | 236🔥 | 254💌

Basile Samel

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I came to the conclusion "know thyself" is both the way to live and the meaning of life. The how and the why.

My existence is centered on learning about myself: my place in the universe, what makes me human, what are my strengths and my weaknesses, what makes my DNA so unique. Only by exposing myself to new experiences can I know what's best for me, then act upon it accordingly and deliberately.

Alignment between who I am and what I do is what I define as happiness.

It can be linked to the Japanese term "ikigai", the "reason for being". It is believed ikigai originates from the intersection between what you do with passion, what is useful to others, and what you can earn a living from.

My question is: can we truly define what is ikigai or not with objectivity?

I'm not sure passion is innate. You can probably develop a passion for anything you work on, as long as you keep digging deeper.

What is useful for others is relative as well. You can be a consultant, be useful to a company while remaining foreign to people with different interests.

Similarly, the border between what is monetizable and what isn't remains blurred. The Internet makes anything possible when it comes to your career.

The lesson here is we should probably stop over-thinking to live more instead.

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    @basilesamel Incredibly well written post! Thanks for sharing

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jun 19, 2019 17:34:16
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      @jacklyons Thank you Jack! Glad you liked reading this post.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 20, 2019 11:30:34
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    @basilesamel - Nice one Baz.

    can we truly define what is ikigai or not with objectivity?

    Should ikigai be defined objectively? This sounds like such a personal and subjective idea no?

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 19, 2019 12:56:44
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      @keni Thanks Keni. I don't think we can define it with words, but it remains an interesting concept and food for thought.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 20, 2019 11:31:24
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    @basilesamel "I came to the conclusion "know thyself" is both the way to live and the meaning of life. The how and the why." - so true, so well said. Whole new perspective on "The medium is the message"

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 19, 2019 20:04:16
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      @jasonleow thank you :) happy to share my little perspective of things

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 19, 2019 16:00:04
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    @basilesamel .. you basically disprove all the post with sentence "we should probably stop over-thinking to live more instead." :D ... Sure I agree :)

    Efran avatar Efran | Jun 19, 2019 10:05:48
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      @efran I don't know man, I overthink a lot too :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 19, 2019 10:46:26
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