Articles on Meaning, Purpose, and Passion

Emily Esfahani Smith for the Atlantic: There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

“Nearly a quarter of Americans do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful.”

James A. Pearson for the Ember Arts blog: Get Excited in 2013

“This sort of reasonless love mixed with deep belief makes passion. Or for the mathematically minded: Passion = Belief + Love. The overlap of belief and love, I think, is where we find the sort of sustaining passion that will keep us excited about our lives day after week after month after year.”

Seth Fischer for the Rumpus: That’s Life

“Lately, for unspeakable reasons, everyone has been talking about how everything in the world is terribly wrong. People are blaming guns and poor mental health services, but I get the sense that these are not the only things wrong, that there is something more.

It goes beyond this problem of “the stigmatization of mental illness.” Sure, that scares me, but there’s a thing that runs deeper. I can’t name it, exactly, and I certainly don’t know what to do about it, but I think it has to do with how we think about compassion and empathy and cruelty and survival.”

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