There might not be a reason for life to exist in the first place, but life itself isn’t without any objectives. The reason why life has been around for so long and has flourished is because it has its own goals it stays true to. We can align our goals to those of life itself which we are part of. So what are these objectives? Even a casual look at nature shows us that every successful life form adheres to at least one basic rule: Survive.
Dying is the result of the surrounding taking its toll on the being. Even though we see death as a natural part of life it does not seem to be programmed into our DNA, growing up is, but our decay later is due to the DNA getting damaged and cells not copying correctly. It’s our most basic instinct to try to survive as long as possible and eventually passing on our genes in order to live on through our offspring. So the most basic thing you should do is to survive, however this is not something we have to actively think about in most developed countries. We have no natural predators and in order to get food we only need to walk to the supermarket. Even disease is something we are able to cope with better and better as time goes on. This means that besides just making sure you don’t get hit by a car and making sure there is food on the table we still have a lot of free time on our hands. Not to mention that there are many ways to actually earn enough money to put that food on the table in the first place. Besides, surviving is something we have to do in order to be alive, it doesn’t really say much about what to do with it in the meanwhile. We don’t just want to survive; we would like to live in a way that is fulfilling and pleasant. So how do we do that?
Everything that stops growing starts dying. Growth or in other words development is a crucial part of both our survival and the quality of our life. As long as our cells properly renew themselves we stay strong and healthy, as long as we keep learning new things our minds stay fit. In a more basic sense developing new skills and learning new information helps us to survive. It enables us to deal with the challenges we come across. Besides pure survival value it also benefits our well being.
When we learn more about the world around us and acquire new skills we enable ourselves to get more out of our lives. We enrich our imagination when we broaden our minds with new knowledge and we unlock new things we can achieve once we acquire new skills. Applied knowledge is not just power, it’s freedom. When you look at life as if it’s a game you basically upgrade yourself each time you acquire new knowledge or develop your skill set. The more you upgrade yourself the more options open up. Things you could not do before are possible now which in essence broke down a barrier and increased your freedom of choice in how to live your life. Learning new things enables us to gain more control over our lives and helps us choose what to do with it. So keep learning.
The world is always changing, whether we like it or not. Processes that work fine today might be obsolete next year. The knowledge we acquire tomorrow might be outdated next week.
You never know what the future will bring but you can still prepare for it. The more we progress and grow, the better we get at handling those unexpected changes in the future. The more we grow and develop, the more challenges we can overcome.
Striving to improve our knowledge and standard of living is a natural thing to do. The main objectives of life in general are to grow and survive. By constantly pushing to grow we increase our chance of survival as a species. Think for example of the possibility to deflect meteors and asteroids which otherwise will hit the earth. Or the possibility to get the resources which are scarce on earth from outer space. Technological progress is what will bring us there.
So embrace growth and innovation. It might save the world one day.