What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life?
Wisdom, Compassion, Creativity
By Jay McDaniel

Many years ago I was giving a talk at a university in China on Whitehead’s philosophy. At the end of my talk there was time for questions and a student from the school of business administration raised his hand and asked: “You have studied philosophy. I have a serious question for you. Do you think that life has a purpose?”

There was nothing cynical about his question. He was not challenging me to prove that life has a purpose. He was not trying to impress his peers. There was a purity in voice, a freshness. I asked him to explain to me what experiences gave rise to his question. Read More

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