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re: How did you find the purpose of your life? VIEW POST

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I see that you're brazilian, like me, and wanted to move to a first world country, like me...

I had a company with a couple of employees. My idol was Steve Jobs, and every day I would wake up with a shine in my eyes to get through the next workday. I was extremely ambitious. Everything I did was meant to move to U.S.A, which I deeply identified myself - I thought I didn't belong here.

Then, the company wasn’t doing very well. It ended up closing. My partner and best friend went to another city, and I was lost and empty.

My whole life seemed to be painful and dark, working relentlessly for something that I was never able to achieve. It was in this period of oblivion that I gave myself some time from the world.

I stopped doing everything I was doing, stopped absolutely everything, work, courses, even relationships…. It was in the silence that important questions started to emerge inside myself, questions that were buried deep in my unconscious… I realized that my dream of driving a convertible in California wasn’t the solution to my problems. I started questioning myself about what is happiness. You see people in big mansions suiciding with drugs. You see beggars living life fully and others miserable… I started observing all of that, noticed some statistics about the usage of anti-depressants. The top 10 countries in the usage of anti-depressants are first world countries. USA is first.

If happiness isn’t on money, where is it? I started questioning the deep source of it all, which led me to Philosophy. Philosophy is the study of the fundamental questions about the nature of the human existence, the mind and the universe as a whole.

This was a one-way ticket. It took me to a whole new level of perception of the world and myself. The seek of wisdom gave direction to my energy. And thus, I was able to heal myself, by reconnecting with my sense of existence and finding a reason to live.

I suggest you look for a New Acropolis philosophy school near you. There are many out there in the world. I’m part of it, and it helped me a lot to guide my efforts of seeking wisdom with good material and ideas.

Peace,
Lucas.

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