Function: To gratify personal self-centred sensual desires.
i.e. happiness is about seeking out opportunities to enjoy food, or sex, or attention, or beauty, or entertainment, or exercise.
So: The purpose of life is «to experience pleasure and have a good time».
In a balanced person, thisneed not interfere with hard work, family duties, or being a responsible member of the community. It is a , because there is a continuing search for certain specific pleasures that are fitted in around life's essential and unavoidable tasks.
All higher can also be described as providing , but they do not see happiness/meaning as rooted in sensual self-gratification.
Is this Quest for Pleasure just greed? Greed is manifested in a specific situation and is a dangerous form of excess that can and should be fully inhibited. By contrast, inhibition of pleasure-seeking could be regarded as a form of mental illness.
Correspondence to Root Hierarchy: Gratification of personal desire requires. is intrinsic to indulging in pleasure, for ensuring the flow and variety of pleasures, and for controlling the process of gratification.
Function: To live a life of purpose.
i.e. happiness is about the values and goals we deliberately hold and choose to pursue: often expressed as our « ».
Themay be mundane like a steady job, or elevated like charitable work; it may be personal like having children, or social like helping to build a community.
So: The purpose of life is «to find a personal meaning for existing».
It is easy to see that this, even if problematic during its pursuit, can slot into everyday life and work without the potential for conflict that accompanies the .
NOTE: All highercan also be described as providing , but they do not see happiness/meaning as rooted in any personal purpose.
RH Correspondence: Suitable suit you demands . is required to determine how the purposes can be pursued, how the purposes can be funded and how to win social support. The may be action-based, scholarly or communal in nature.and are not assigned or obvious. Finding realistic purposes and worthwhile ideals that
With these two, the search for and for , it may seem that the vast majority of people are covered. Perhaps. Probably. It is hard to estimate, but empirical studies are possible.
Socialization is often heavy-handed and fails to recognize hidden potentials and drives within children. You may be struggling through life with an inner sense that something is not quite right, and that youris neither nor . You find yourself looking or even longing for something different. If you gravitate towards similar souls who share different, possibly «higher», concerns, then it will be easier for you. (Note: «Higher» does not necessarily mean «better» in any absolute sense.)
► We are now ready to look at the first of these «higher» Quests.
Originally posted: 8-Jun-2012