John Piper – You can tell what a person loves by what he devotes himself to most passionately. What a person values most is reflected in his actions and motivations.
Jordan Peterson – I got this idea about the fact that life can be meaningful enough to justify its suffering. With regards to meaning I thought people know when they’re doing something meaningful. They can tell, so why the hell don’t they do meaningful things all the time. It seems obvious you could do it.
People have a choice.
Choice number one, nothing you do means anything.
Well that’s kind of a drag right. Meaninglessness of life and all that existential angst you know that’s kind of a pain but the upside of nothing that you do (!) be mean is meaningful is he don’t have to do anything. You’ve got no responsibility now. You have to suffer because things are meaningless but that’s a small price to pay for being able to be completely useless.
The alternative is everything you do matters.
If you make a mistake, it’s a real mistake. If you betray someone you tilt the world a little more sharply towards evil rather than good. It matters what you do well. If you buy that then you can have a meaningful life but there’s no mucking around. It means responsibility, it means that the decisions you make are important, it means that when you do something wrong it’s wrong. Well do you want that?
I learned in part from reading the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who is a great Russian philosopher and novelist, that you can look at your life and you can see what isn’t right about it. **All you have to do is look and then you can start to fix that, and the way you fix it is by noticing what you could in fact fix.** People are often trying to fix things they can’t fix, which I would not recommend because if you try to fix something you can’t fix you’ll just ruin it.
IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES – do something about it.
If you canNOT change your circumstances…. change your perspective.