A recent discussion with a friend stimulated me into thinking once again about one of Mankind’s most enduring and fundamental questions – What is the meaning of life? Thousands of books, articles and posts have been devoted to this greatest of questions.
So what does this vital issue have to do with preparedness?
Your attitude, worldview and way of thinking about the meaning of YOUR life will determine what action, if any, you will be motivated to take as it relates to emergency, disaster and personal preparedness.
It has been said by many that the meaning of life is what you want it to be – that you are responsible for the creation and application of the meaning of your life. In a society where taking personal responsibility for the outcome of of one’s life is extremely rare and discouraged by so many elements of our contemporary culture, how possible is it to expect our population to have the skills and capacity for such a responsibility?
So here we have the key issue – RESPONSIBILITY. We must choose to accept the responsibility to seek and discover truth – the truth about the meaning of life.
Truth is discovered – not created to validate one’s opinions. Truth is not relative, it is what is – regardless of one’s belief. It is our responsibility to believe, embrace and embody that which is true. Best wishes in your pursuit.
I highly recommend one of the greatest and most influential books written in the last 75 years – I assigned it each semester when I taught Critical Thinking in the philosophy department of our local college – and most of the students found it profound and life changing. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, Beacon Press, Boston, 2006 (latest edition). He asserts that it is man’s search for the meaning of his life that is the greatest driving force he possesses.
Here are the 4 things I believe the meaning of life encompasses:
- Seeking, finding, embracing, trusting and loving God the Creator with all one’s heart, soul, mind and will
- Loving, helping and having compassion for another as one’s self – relationships with other human beings
- Discovering the purpose of one’s life and dedicating one’s life with passion to fulfilling that purpose
- Discovering, embracing and embodying the Truth
So how does this inquiry into the meaning of life relate to preparedness?
Your belief in the meaning of your life will either motivate you to take responsibility and action for yourself, family, friends and community or it will cause you to do nothing, because preparedness will have no relevance.