Realization

The desire for a life’s goal, for a mission to your life, is the desire to become an object in service of some end other than yourself. This desire is one equally abhorrent to the Existentialist and the Kantian. And yet, that’s what we count as a life worth living.

Realized that today while lecturing on Kant. Sent me into a tailspin for the whole rest of the day.

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3 Responses to “Realization”

  1. That’s really thought-provoking.

    Does this desire arise as part of an urge to no longer identify ourselves as one part of the world? However, instead of achieving integration by incorporating the rest of the world into our personal identity – or rather, conceiving of
    a new level of identity which contains both the personal and the world – we give subordinate ourselves to the world-identity. This gives us meaning, but at the expense of freedom.

  2. “The desire for a life’s goal, for a mission to your life, is the desire to become an object in service of some end other than yourself. ”

    Sometimes. Sometimes not. It depends on who makes the goal or defines the mission.

    “Realized that today while lecturing on Kant. Sent me into a tailspinfor the whole rest of the day.”

    You might want to read the Satanic Bible orThe True Believer by Eric Hoffer.

  3. Iris Murdoch once said, “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than yourself is real.” I’m not sure how closely that’s related to what you thought, but it’s worth considering.

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