Can a person be fully happy in chaos of which we live in constantly, both internal and external? A chaos that governs our very own actions on the daily basis? A human being needs to assert some sort of control in order to feel safe; however, there are areas in one’s life that cannot be controlled.
How does one live with that uncertainty? Truth is, uncertainty is necessary! It gives something for us to learn in through experience. Given total control, we lose our purpose but there must be a certain amount of uncertainty to create purpose. When an individual cannot survive without a purpose, they begin to self-destruct. We kill ourselves with an overwhelmed sadness and depression, for human beings are social creatures. Ever notice an old couple of 50 years after their partner dies? Weeks to several months later they, too, die. When they lost their purpose, they unknowingly began to self-destruct. Another great example is the amazing story of “Lawrence of Arabia” (T.E. Lawrence). He is most famous for his leading of Arab forces into battle against the Turks during WWI. He found his purpose doing this because it is said that he later returned to his men to help with the capture of Damascus and destruction of the Ottoman Armies. The story goes on post-war describing Lawrence suffering from severe depression. Tragically, he is killed in a motorcycle accident. Many assume that he was trying to re-live his passion, his purpose.
People seek control in all aspects of their lives, thus giving them their purpose. It’s believed that religion’s purpose is to give people a false sense of control in areas of their lives where they have little to none, such as death. Sigmund Freud stated that, “Man will cling to religion’s fantasy of control as long as science fails to give him actual power over his destiny.”
Was religion created as a false sense of control? Are there psychological benefits to this false sense of security? Can human beings live content lives in the uncertainty of chaos?
“The only purpose in life is the purpose you make for yourself…” – Alex Wilson
By John Matar
- Lisa Renee: Letting Go of All You Know (stevebeckow.com)