The Necessity (and Inevitability) of Purpose

I’m sitting here in Marco Island, FL, on a family vacation, wracking my mind for something to write about. My cousin is next to me, listening to music and staring at a blank canvas.  She and I suddenly burst into motion simultaneously, coming to a decision that needn’t be vocalized, but probably will be regardless. As Katie picks up her brush and paints to complete a painting she’s already begun, I begin to write about the necessity of a purpose. Do you see the connection?

Katie needed to paint something, to draw, to let something out of her. Unable to conceive of a new project, she decided to carry on with a process already begun, continuing a presupposed task. I, needing written release and in the absence of a new idea, decided to write on my need for one.

Without purpose, the page will always remain blank, the canvas untouched. Even the act of writing the first thing that comes to mind, gibberish, or scribbles on a white page with no direction, have an immediate purpose. That purpose, which appears to be random, is to continue forward. Every action man takes is an effect as well as a cause, as is every thought that is the cause of the motion. Thought is not causeless, it is driven by instinct. Man’s only instinct is to survive, and whereas animals are given claws and horns and fur to aid them, man is given only his mind. Therefore, man’s only true instinct is to think.

You cannot stop thinking towards a purpose. A thought that you consider random is actually not random at all. If I attempt to think of something completely at random, I come up with elephants drifting along tied to balloons through clouds made of white marble. However, that in itself served a purpose, an attempt. I wanted to think of something random, which is a cause. You may argue that not all random thoughts are the product of an express wish to have one. I answer that a “random” thought is still an effect (thus not random at all) because of every man’s innate desire to think and create.

Why does a man submerged in a sensory deprivation chamber hallucinate? Why do we dream? Why do some of us wake from a deep sleep with a brilliant idea, only to cast it aside and return to unconsciousness, finding that the once crystal clear idea is gone in the morning? In all of these situations, the mind is in a state where you are depriving it of a chance to think on external stimulants (your senses), and so it will create it’s own by necessity.

The mind thinks whether you wish it to or not. That is because despite your or anyone else’s actions, the one thing that cannot be deprived of a purpose is man’s mind.

One Response to “The Necessity (and Inevitability) of Purpose”
  1. Karen says:

    See what comes from just doing! Creating – loved it!

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