Below is a short bit about the absurdity of people acquiring, for selfish means, material wealth in the face of mortality. The sharing of one’s life seems wholly proper to the task of justifying ones existence. (Unless you build a bridge or the like, for this too is a product of the mind and its essence)
Since the principle component of being (with respect to beings with intelligible agency) is the intellect, one ought to extrude from the sense data (what we perceive from our experiences in the world) truths and normative ethics. In so being, in hearing, in seeing, in the understanding and the very history that we abstract and assemble from this, we should seek to externalize this information. We ought to do so not simply because the vessel that this perspective-coloured information is encoded in will necessarily corrupt, but because with each generation of people, there is added a greater wealth of knowledge, a more complete picture of all that is, to the world that sustains the souls of our people.
And so I believe we ought to change what it means to have a mid-life crisis. One shouldn’t seek to obtain material wealth as proof of one’s standing. Rather, one ought to expose the inner light which each respective lifetime has accumulated. Do not prove that you do live, for only you need know that truth. Instead, share the significance OF your life with others taking steps down this same path.
None should leave this earth without spilling upon a page a lessen learned, a story told, some true artifact of a life lived.
One could rightly argue that simply connecting with others achieves this end. This is true. What I wrote pertains to those who feel a certain discomfort with the impermanence of existence and seek to alleviate it in some (ideally constructive) way.
But what if you acquire material wealth mindfully with the intention of sharing it? If the goal is to share one’s life.. with more material wealth that leaves you with, arguably, more and different opportunities to share what you have with those around you.
Fair enough. This I would categorize as that of the ‘bridge’. What my micro-piece was exacting its distaste for is the cliched ‘drive’ to buy a sports car, or some other golden idol as a representation of worth in this life.
A selfless act as you describe would rightly communicate the essential nature of a good soul. Doing that doesn’t simply show the goodness that constitute said individual, but so too would it ‘pave the way’ for other lives to follow by way of such a gift/example.