Western culture is obsessed with purpose. With meaning. With some intangible idea called ‘success’. We don’t just live. We can’t just be. Everything we do has to mean something. Life has to mean something.
People search for meaning everywhere. Religion. Philosophy. Buddhism. Fortune tellers. Mysticism. Even power, money, or fame. They travel the world, they self-actualize, they change careers, they connect with their inner selves, they go to meditation retreats, they start a quest for enlightenment.
Why am I here? They ask.
Why do I exist? What am I meant to do?
‘The Purpose Driven Life’ has sold 60 million copies, making it one of the best-selling non-fiction books of all time.