What's the Purpose of Life?

October 2, 2012
Taylor Bonilla

Sometimes the most powerful things come in the simplest forms. I found this quote while browsing the website http://www.stumbleupon.com/. StumbleUpon is an easy way to discover new and interesting web pages, photos and videos from across the Web. When I came across this quote, it made me think about my life and the things I have accomplished and goals I have yet to fulfill.

The last two lines resonate with me the most. They suggest that life is much more than a popularity contest; it is about creating a better place for generations to come. When you are in people's lives of course you will be noticed, you are physically there. The point to think about is that when you're gone have you done enough to make an impression on the people you are around? You can be noticed for the duration of how long you live, but if you are gone and nobody misses you, it demonstrates who you were. You may have been good at being in the spotlight but you weren't very good at staying there. It is important to do your best and be the best person you can without engaging to be glorified. Doing good things should come from being compassionate, not from being rewarded. If you are a good person that gives more then takes, when you're gone people will notice the difference and your legacy will be remembered for decades.

As I look back at the history of mankind, there are a select few people who stood out in the darkest of times. There were people so passionate that what they thought was right, even when the majority were against them at times. Even though they passed away years or decades ago we still remember who they were and what they stood for. Our world is faced with many difficulties that take a toll on us all. It is hard to imagine a group of people, let alone a single person, seizing the task of solving the worldwide problems facing us. I think that most people on this planet want to be a part of something greater; to contribute to making some kind of significant change. It is our pride that sometimes clouds our judgement because we want the "applause" or recognition for doing something, even when we know doing the right thing should always come first. A person's life should not be to "impress" others, but to "express" one's individuality. I understand that not everyone will be remembered throughout history; that not everyone will be given that chance to demonstrate the humanity that is in all of us. However, our reason for doing good should not be clouded by popularity, riches, or materials, because it won't matter how rich you are; no one can buy respect.