~Spero ergo sum~™

February 25, 2006

Stoic without a sense of purpose

Filed under: Sobriety — Teal @ 5:53 pm

What are we but mere puppets in the hands of fate? No matter how hard we try no matter to what extent we go to achieve our aims and goals, at the end of it all, none of this is possible without this one word – ‘purpose’.

Now all you go-getters don’t loose patience, I can quote Neo from ‘The Matrix’, when he is confounded during his meet with the ultrakool Morpheus.

Morpheus: Do you believe in destiny, Neo?

Neo: No

Morpheus: why?

Neo: Because I don’t like the idea that I am not in control of my life.
So are we really in control of our lives? Or is there a sinister force working at all times, weaving our meagre existence into a cosmic conspiracy?

What is purpose?

To quote Agent Smith from his amazing monologue in ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ – “It is purpose that defines us. It is purpose that drives us, that guides us. Without purpose, we would not exist, Mr. Anderson. I am here to take back what you took from me … purpose”. Throughout our school lives, we are forcibly thrust in to a mold, typecast into a stereotypical school child. Mostly , stifling our inner child and massacring our zest for life. We are made to slog and are nearly broken in mind and spirit by the time school is over.

Then comes the all important crossroad – the transition from school to college. Most school kids are clueless are about most good opportunities or rather have been cut off from the real world, imprisoned in a prison for their minds. Then comes the hesitance to choose the way out of the maze. There seem to be many alluring ways out of the spider web, but ultimately, good ol’ folks at home continue with the type-casting – thrusting the dreamer child into an abyss of hundreds of thousands of professionals.

Even those of us who actually do manage to escape the hexes and sphinxes and all the spells of the world, may or may not be the paragons of their fields, but there lives will never be devoid of satisfaction or pride. Since they do what they choose to do, and are not hopelessly plugged into the system.

After a struggle to stay afloat throughout the degree – being earned with much despise, we are as clueless as ever. We are lost. We are hopeless. Without a sense of purpose.

It is purpose that defines us, that drives us, that guides us.

Without a sense of purpose, we are nothing but sitting rocks.

Without a sense of purpose, we are void, we are vacuum.

Without a sense of purpose, we are alone …



  1. Hello.. first to comment :D.. Couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said.. The sooner one realizes his true purpose, the better and most satisfied one is..

    But nowadays don’t you think this idea has become a fad in our generation? I know many people who voice their unhappiness about what they are doing.. and say that what they are doing is not their true aim in life..

    Sometimes I feel they are just using this as an excuse to escape their present as they sure do not do anything to change it.. they are purposelessly searching for a purpose 🙂

    Comment by Demonic Dude — February 25, 2006 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  2. Allo…
    Not even an acknowledgement huh??irukattum irukkatum..reg the matrix thing, i guess u hve 2 read Ayn Rand 2 find out tat ‘sinister force’:) n i agree wit demonic dude…purposelessly searchin for a purpose..well said mate..:)

    Comment by Vivek — February 25, 2006 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  3. The ‘purpose’ of this post?!!

    Comment by Nikhil — February 25, 2006 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  4. You’re absolutely right..I loved your post.If we sit in a silent place and think, we instantly realise the fact that we’re heading nowehere. Life is just like a ritual that has to be performed by each one of us. However, we need to be optimistic and purpose-oriented. This is something that’ll keep us going and looking forward to something or the other!! Really nice post…good work:-)

    Comment by Sudarshan — February 26, 2006 @ 4:07 am | Reply

  5. Purpose?
    Almost forgot dat it existed…
    Thnx for reminding Teal..:)

    Comment by rohini — February 26, 2006 @ 6:40 am | Reply

  6. nice post, the problem is tht most often we just exist and flow along with the wind, we somehow dont have a purpose in life.

    Comment by ada-paavi!!!! — February 26, 2006 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  7. ur also frm around mylapore eh?

    Comment by ada-paavi!!!! — February 26, 2006 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  8. Awesome post though i differ a bit on your ideas. I think we are driven by choices we make. The choices need not have any purposes behind it.

    >Throughout our school lives, we are >forcibly thrust in to a mold, >typecast into a stereotypical school >child.
    It does nt stop there. The mould extends throught our lifes(if we want it to) e.g., society.

    This is what i wrote about Matrix revolutions and its philosophy (if you interested, definetly not an ad to my blog 🙂 like spammers do)

    Comment by Phoenix — February 26, 2006 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  9. etho arivaalinga ellam pesikkara edam pola irukku… onnum piriyala….

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — February 26, 2006 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  10. hmmm.. good post!!!

    when iam alone, i used to question myself…i dont know whats the purpose i have born here… whats this world expecting from me.. lots of confusion still unanswered…

    Comment by exasparater — February 26, 2006 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  11. I decide my own destiny. Also as someone happened to mention, I think our lives are driven more on the choices that we make rather than by the so-called purpose in our lives. But everything is inter related I guess.. unless ofcourse one wants to lead a purposeless existence and go with the flow.

    One of your best posts till date.. 😀

    Comment by The optimist from utopia — February 27, 2006 @ 5:24 am | Reply

  12. Can’t help agreeing with you! But, all of us are reminded of our purpose at some point of time in our lives but howmany of us work towards getting there is the qtn.

    You even wanted to stay away from blogs for some reason but you came back sooner than i expected. [in a way, am happy about it] Ppl tend to overlook purpose.

    It’s a little bit of this and that.. a little purpose and being a little choosey. For me, as long as am happy and the ones i love are.. i don’t give a damn to anything else.

    hey, andha explanation of purpose starting with school n stuff thrusted on kids.. is it influenced by Floyd? Oh yeah!! We are jus’ another bricks in the wall. 😉

    Comment by Anonymous — February 28, 2006 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  13. if u were so focussed abt ur life u wudn’t have felt that life is without purpose.. but this is a manufacturing defect.. nothing can be done..

    Comment by Hell's Angel — March 1, 2006 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  14. Just happened to note this today in your blog “I am who I choose to be” is directly in conflict with this post which would make think you wording the same sentence as “I am what my purpose directs to be”.

    That z again reiterating my stands on you dont need a purpose…

    Comment by Phoenix — March 2, 2006 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  15. @ Demonic Dude:
    looks like u have found ur purpose early on, and it’s not a fad, some ppl may still be geniunely lookin 4 der true calling, but a hand-ful of escapists may use this as an excuse.

    @ Viivee:
    aama .. dnt tell me.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 2, 2006 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  16. @ Nikhil:
    Once u snap outta ur kingdom of geekland, u’ll automatically find out the purpose of this post!

    @ Sudharshan:
    Phew! Atleast someone mirrors my sentiments of the entire lot here 😀

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 2, 2006 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  17. @ Ada-paavi
    lolz… nice blogger name!
    and ya, most people compromise on their life’s true purpose and lead a bowine style life .. they graze their lives away, without knwing the true purpose behind it.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 2, 2006 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  18. @ Phoenix:
    #1 welcome back .. and checked out ur posts on matrix as well as extentialism. i do agree that the mold extends to society as well.

    #2 As far my ‘abt me’ part goes, i bleev that the choices we make in life are the ones made based on our purpose – u cant arbitarily make choices in life. IT doesnt contradict with this post’s theme.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 2, 2006 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  19. @ Kuttichuvaru:
    Ungalukke piriyala naa engala maadhiri chinna pasangalukku enna piriyumm???

    @ Exasperator:
    U have plenty ot time to do all the soul-searching kid .. aparam write a similar post .. i’ll come and comment 🙂

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 2, 2006 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  20. @ The Optimist from Utopia:
    Hey, everyone seems to be talking about choices. On what basis do we make these choices? .Agreed our choices steer our course of life. But only when we know what our purpose is can we make the right choices!!
    And thx a ton 🙂

    @ Anonymous:
    Hey I do agree with you partially. Most people never realise their true purpose and just ‘go with the flow’ like optimist said. But the ultimate choice is left to us. Whether we follow our true purpose or not. Which is based on the choices we make. And ya, if their was a song i cud dedicate to my school life, it would definitely be ‘Another brick in the wall’. 🙂
    One Heckuva trak 😀

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 3, 2006 @ 3:51 am | Reply

  21. @ Hell’s Angel:
    The callous tone in your comment speaks volumes about how much you are in tune with your ‘true purpose’.

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — March 3, 2006 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  22. neenga ellam chinna pasanga nna appo enakku enna romba vayasu aagiduchaa?? naanum chinna paiyan thaan…..

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — March 3, 2006 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  23. hi..

    Our Agent Smith has more to say than Neo..

    In THE MATRIX RELOADED..agent smith has this to say about purpose…. 🙂

    Agent Smith: But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we’re here. We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist.
    [Several Agent Smith Clones walk in]
    Agent Smith Clone 1: It is purpose that created us.
    Agent Smith Clone 2: Purpose that connects us.
    Agent Smith Clone 3: Purpose that pulls us.
    Agent Smith Clone 4: That guides us.
    Agent Smith Clone 5: That drives us.
    Agent Smith Clone 6: It is purpose that defines us.
    Agent Smith Clone 7: Purpose that binds us.
    Agent Smith: We are here because of you, Mr Anderson. We’re here to take from you what you tried to take from us.
    [Attempts to copy himself into Neo]
    Agent Smith: Purpose.

    welcome to the matrix..the unreal world..

    guess not that difficult finding a fellow matrix junkie..how did u find me.. don`t think u followed the white rabit..

    Comment by Jaycee — March 25, 2006 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  24. well came here from jaycees post where you’d called yourself a matrix junkie … that breed always interests me …

    reading your post i feel there is some confusion between “sense of purpose” in life or as someone said the excuse of not knowing the purpose and the purpose mentioned in matrix…

    in the matrix i feel its more related to a predetermined purpose. “we are all here to do what we are all here to do” …

    if you focus on the choice dialogues … “the problem is choice” .. ” you’ve already made the choice, now you have to understand why you’ve made it” “you cannot see beyond the choices you do not understand” etc … you will see that this too points to ‘determinism’ … and the purpose is derived from this. since the fabric of space time is pre defined one has a role to play and the choices are made… at the one’s level some changes will be made over the previous ones which even the architect does not realise even though he has defined the space time fabric …

    but these are not choices taken at run time … they are choices that have been built into the equations only that the architect failed to understand the subtle changes or he did not expect them

    well i can go on about this but i dont think it helps anyone …

    Comment by Anonymous — March 30, 2006 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

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