What is the ultimate pursuit of life?What is the meaning of life? Do you think it is to achieve happiness or to earn lots of money?

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shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like to look at that question this way: Imagine that you have lived a long life and now you are in your 70's or 80's. You know that very soon you will die. What will make you feel that your life has been worthwhile? Will it be the million dollar bank account? Your relationship with your family? The lives of others that you have positively affected in some way?

It is interesting to put yourself in that position--just to try to project how you should live your life from here on out.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems that the only reason to earn lots of money would be so that a person could then secure some kind of happiness. However, happiness is an outcome, it is a result, a by-product of circumstance. 

What circumstances make you happy today? What will cause you to be happy twenty or thirty years from now? The answer to these questions might get you a bit closer to understanding what to pursue, where to focus your energies, and what is important to you. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The purpose of life is to be successful, but people define success differently. Many people do not realize what they want. Sometimes what people think they want turns out to not be what they really want. I have often really wanted something until I had it, and then I wished I had never got it.