It’s entirely ridiculous that I’ve started a month long project to look for the very ideas we can never escape- Change and Purpose. In this world, absolutely nothing exists if not for those two things. We’re swimming in both, as David Foster Wallace said, like Fish in Water.
The Big Bang, or whichever single event you choose to credit with the creation of time, is the one directly responsible for your reading these words at exactly this very moment and no possible other. And I don’t mean that in some abstract way. I mean that if you could find an Alpha, you’d also find that every single moment thereafter has lead directly and irrevocably to this very one. And one after another they fall to the Omega point, or the end result, which is now. And the next now. It’s absolutely astounding to consider the definition of Purpose in that context. The universe of which we’re a part, is made of Purpose, endlessly.
So then let’s consider Purpose. Trace your life events backwards and see that the movement of your eyes across the screen was made possible by the entire sequence of happenings which came before it, arcing all the way back to an explosion of stardust. If a single thing about the entire history of the universe had gone differently, this moment would not be happening as it is. Each event brings about the exact causes and conditions which make the next one possible. And since there isn’t a single trajectory, there is never anything happening in isolation. Each piece depends upon and influences another in what Buddhists know as an Indra’s Net. Your grandmother may have walked past your grandfather had any one of untold sequences been altered. You wouldn’t be here at all.
Consider Change. Everything I’ve said about Purpose happens through change. Change and Happenings are actually synonymous, and you can even add the word Time to that. Time, change, and happenings are what this life is.
So why do we need to create change or find purpose? Because rather than take a look at the events of reality, we live through concepts and ideas about it. Once “finding your purpose” or “creating change” gets relegated to a concept, it’s the stuff of unicorns and fairies because concepts can live only within more thought. It’s never going to become possible to grasp a thought.
We are purpose.
“Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.” –Alan Watts
It’s a wonderful world, really. Just look.