Your purpose, not theirs

Why is it that there are so many people out there bent on everyone, and I do mean everyone, having a purpose in life? I for one feel it’s great to think about what I’d like to do with my life and I’m sure there are many others who feel the same way. But, the key words here are what I’d like to do with my life and most certainly not what others feel I should do with my life.

I understand there are folks out there that feel their god(s)—or some other supernatural force—gave them and everyone else a purpose. To me, this screams of possible injustice. That is, if someone believes they have a purpose they must carry out that’s their choice to follow through with it or not. But, to use this same way of thinking to force others into their model of how things should be is simply unjust.

For example, a while back I was having a discussion about whether or not other animals have the same right we animals have in regards to not being commodified into things (i.e., legally thought of as property). Ultimately the person I was chatting with asked, “Well, if they’re not here for our food, clothing, etcetera, than what are they here for?”

To me, all of this rings of a proslavery mindset. That is, masters have their purpose and slaves have theirs and as long as everyone understands each other’s purpose and complies everything is great—for their masters that is!

Thus, here is my thinking on all this. If you have a burning desire that you’ve been given a purpose, and that purpose isn’t harmful, by all means either carry it out or not. But in regards to others’ purposes, please allow them to choose for themselves and therefore kindly let them be.

Think, then Go Vegan!

About Randy Sandberg

Whole Food Plant-Powered Vegan Athlete