How can the path of devotion be beneficial in human life?

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The path of devotion can be beneficial in human life because it can give individuals a higher purpose and help them make the world a better place for other people.

Ideally, the path of devotion puts one on a journey to generosity and inclusivity. A person devotes themselves to some higher cause and, thus, sets aside personal pleasures, interests, and so on. They find meaning in something outside of themselves, and that causes them to care about other things besides their prosperity. Their selfless dedication could propel them to make the world a better place for people, which would benefit human life.

To get away from generalities, consider using an example from real life or literature. The American writer J. D. Salinger was spiritual and engaged with Zen Buddhism, Catholicism, and Vedantic Hinduism. In his two-part novel Franny and Zooey, Franny, a deeply discontent college girl, constantly repeats a prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” Her brother, Zooey, tries to knock her out of her funk and negative attitude. He tells her the prayer is meant to give the person who says it “Christ-Consciousness.” It’s not supposed “to set up some little cozy, holier-than-thou trysting place.” Here, one sees the selflessness of devotion. It should remove a person’s defeatist feelings and make them conscious and merciful. Someone endowed with such a positive attitude has a chance to improve human life.

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