Atul Gawande : Story & Purpose

19 Oct

“In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people’s minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life maybe empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves.”

― Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

I have always wondered about  ” Have money, good clothes, travel…” generation of people. It’s wonderful to travel and please don’t get me wrong. I would love to travel and meet friends. Life has to be much more than a hedonistic urge. It has to have a purpose. Atul gawande is very right.

The problem is we do not choose our lives or determine our circumstances. We do choose our purposes. Every purpose bigger than self is good. Plant a tree, teach a child, care for sick and elderly, something beyond our narrow confines of self. These days even spiritual teachers wear glasses which scream ” Gucci” and talk about consciousness. Look its a game field. You decide what you want to do. What you want to be. No body is to be judged. But have a purpose..

Plant a tree. Give wings to a life. Something…

Think about that dear friends!

Have a good day!



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