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Tonight's philosophy meetup: What is your central purpose in life?

From: David V.
Sent on: Thursday, September 18, 2008 6:07 PM
I've updated tonight's philosophy Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://philosophy.meetup.com/156/calendar/8595454/

I would like to discuss an additional, related question today to our discussion on Eudemonia - do you have a central purpose in life? Do you think such a purpose is necessary? Is it even possible?

To jumpstart our discussion, I will present one perspective, a quote from an article in the March 1964 issue of Playboy from author-philosopher Ayn Rand:

?A central purpose serves to integrate all the other concerns of a man?s life. It establishes the hierarchy, the relative importance, of his values, it saves him from pointless inner conflicts, it permits him to enjoy life on a wide scale and to carry that enjoyment into any area open to his mind; whereas a man without a purpose is lost in chaos. He does not know what his values are. He does not know how to judge. He cannot tell what is or is not important to him, and, therefore, he drifts helplessly at the mercy of any chance stimulus or any whim of the moment. He can enjoy nothing. He spends his life searching for some value which he will never find . . . .

The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose?a productive purpose . . . . The man who has no purpose, but has to act, acts to destroy others. That is not the same thing as a productive or creative purpose.?

When: September 18,[masked]:00 PM
Where: Half-Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX 75231
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If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP "No" or "Maybe" as well as "Yes".)
You can always get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup: http://philosophy.meetup.com/156/suggestion/

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