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Motives

A friend of mine recently quit Facebook.  He ended his farewell post with “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care about you!”  If true, would it matter?  If Bill Gates was the greediest man alive whose sole motive was making money, what relevance does that play in the fact that he brought the power of the computer into millions of homes?  In many cases people who make phenomenal amounts of money are not primarily seeking profits, rather pursuing some other objective that people are more than happy to pay for.

I’ve recently started reading John Kay’s book, “Obliquity,” which explores why our primary objectives are best achieved indirectly.  According to John Stuart Mill:

 Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end.  Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.

In the last post I quoted from the Gita which says we should find our Natural Work and do it.  Is it so rare that one’s Natural Work leads to prosperity and happiness?

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