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  1. Sitting in a Nazi concentration camp, Viktor Frankl suggested changing the perspective of life and not thinking “what can life give me?”, but asking the question “what can I give to life?”. Giving your life a higher meaning gives you the strength to live and create.

    Abraham Maslow singled out” goal centering ” as a characteristic of a developed, healthy personality.

    Alfred Adler, in What Life Should Mean to You, wrote the following::
    “If we now look back at the legacy we have received from previous generations, what will we see?. We see cultivated land; we see roads and buildings; we see the life experiences they convey in the form of traditions, philosophical systems, sciences and arts, and ways of dealing with life situations. All of this was left behind by people who contributed to the welfare of humanity. What's left with the others, with that … who only asked, ” What can I take from life?” They left no trace. They're not just dead; their entire lives have been futile.”

    In other words, I would say that having a higher, humanistic, personally and socially significant goal is useful and important. However, the goal must be a) conscious; b) planned. So far, unfortunately, this sounds like a child's dream: “if I were rich, I would do charity work.” I would recommend not trying to embrace the immensity, but to look more specifically and plan your activities and life route strategically, with a perspective for the future.

  2. Setting high goals for yourself, for the benefit of yourself and-especially-others, is worthy and deserves all respect. This is undoubtedly better than decomposing and degrading, chasing after momentary pleasures. Sinful, at the same time, do not turn your life into hell, striving to achieve them “at any cost”.

    In any case, a person who sets high goals for himself has a priori more chances to live a meaningful life than a person who does not have goals. Focus and concentration on the goal in life is akin to the concentration of a driver on the road, preventing him from driving off the road into a ditch or onto the side of the road.

    Even if the goal is not achievable, the very desire for it already develops a person. In addition, it is a good anchor that keeps the ” roof “from” moving out “in the face of life's troubles: the goal itself supports a person, allowing him to easily go through many” storms and storms ” of life easier than someone who has no goal.

    Again, all people age and die. And what is better :to remember” on your deathbed ” about small joys that are not even really remembered, or, nevertheless, about your struggle, about the bitterness of defeats and the intoxicating sweetness of victories that are available only to those who fight, strive, move towards the goal? Here's another point: some people believe in mystical immortality (for example, the soul and God), while others do not. But the person who created the WORK in his life, which he lived and which will outlive him, has already gained immortality. Not personal, but physical, of course. But his WORK and its continuation, and, to some extent, he himself, will continue to exist even after the death of the person himself, in the material world.

    As for the individual, he doesn't need much. You can't take riches to the grave. Therefore, any adequate person, once at the top of wealth, will help others, especially those in need. And not adequate, will guard the riches, turning from their master, into their appendage and slave of their treasures, which, anyway, will lose after death.

    There are 2 types of immortality: mystical (any religious sectarianism) and social (a good name, the benefit to others that a person brought during his lifetime and for which he is remembered) – to the question of serving (striving to benefit) others.

    I understand that my answer may seem rather pretentious, pompous and high-flown, but in principle, it is approximately so.

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