Purpose and Money

I read a comment recently by someone who stated that his “purpose” was to make money for his family. Well, that’s similar to Milton Friedman’s idea that the purpose of a corporation is to make money for its shareholders. The problem with that way of thinking is that there are a lot more people affected by your actions than your family or shareholders.

That type of reasoning is an excuse to be selfish. An excuse to give in to fear. It’s based on a fundamental belief that life is about survival. That there’s no actual purpose. That love is just an idea or an emotional/chemical activity in the brain, and that ultimately there is no God other than self.

We can do better than such nihilistic thinking. If we’re willing to humble ourselves and see where a life of faith and love can take us.