Dennis Brown

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Does life have to have a fight (cause) to be meaningful?

Is the life without a fight (Cause) worth living?
If your life doesn’t have a fight, then you are not living. Life is a fight. Some people fight for civil rights, some for gay rights, some lead the fight against hunger and poverty, some are starting a new business, you have to decide what your fight is, and fight, strategically. That fight doesn’t have to consume your entire life to the point that you neglect the other areas of your life, but you should have something that gets you out of bed in the morning. Your life is empty without it. There will come a time when you choose to slow down, or pass the torch and take a step back, walk away completely, or act as a consultant to those that are taking over, but your life should have something you’re passionate about. Taking it on gives meaning, purpose, and something to wake up for in the morning, it also keeps you up at night, that passion burning, knowing you’re taking on something that is bigger than you.
You should lead the fight, or play a major role in it, but whatever role you play, you should be fighting.
It may be a bold statement, but the life without a cause, is really not worth living. Do you agree?
Can life be truly fulfilling without a fight? Also what is the major cause that you’re fighting for in your life?

  • Jun 25 2012: Dennis,

    I think you have said better what I had tried to say in my debate "The importance of anger." Maybe the term "fiight" is a much better word than anger. Or at least it is good to feel anger to motivate a fight in the most positive sense.
    I would reafily agree that we all need some fight in our lives and its something we can't escape. Fight is the nature and driving force of the world, if we choose to give in then we stagnate and waste away. There is spirit in fight, and life must have spirit.
    But the important thing is to choose what you are fighting for, too many people are driven by hate and blindness.
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    Jun 26 2012: if living is fighting against death, fighting is a necessity.
    if death is impossible (after all, we are all billion years old), fighting is just a game.
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    Jun 25 2012: suppose i have an idea how to provide a solution to a common problem. i found a company, and start to sell my product/service. i constantly work on making costs lower and quality higher. i work on getting more people know about my solution, organizing advertisements, campaigns, etc.

    does this qualify as a fight? i would not even call it struggle. but it is a cause. and it would certainly satisfy me.
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    Jun 3 2012: No fights and no causes can make like meaningful. Those are, to me, accomplishments and successes. For life to be meaningful you must understand who you are and what your significance is. I think being a good parent, good spouse, good son/daughter, etc ... adds meaning to your life.

    Ask a new daddy while holding his new son what is greatest accomplishment is. There is more to life that wealth and fame. Those joys are found in the extremely shallow people.

    My heros are the ones who everyday meet the challenges of life, the drudgry of the job, the obsticles he overcomes, and the happiness he finds returning home each day to the love of his wife and family. Celebrate that.

    All the best. Bob
  • May 30 2012: Sounds like you have your head screwed on straight. It's the "beam and the mote" principle as taught by Christ in the New Testament. Best wishes to you; sounds like you're setting up to do some good in this nasty old world my generation is dumping off on you. I see the rising generation; I have 4 kids, the youngest 17, and I think they're a pretty good bunch. The world needs you.
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    May 29 2012: Dennis,
    Fight? No. Feyisayo Anjorin writes..."Some people might have a problem with the word 'fight', I'm happy that you equally used the word 'cause'."

    I'm one of the people who discourages fighting. There is way too much fighting in our world in my perception, and one of my goals is to stop the fighting. As a small child, I witnessed my violent abusive father fighting in himself, and fighting all those around him. Every day, we see fighting in our world, and in my perception, it needs to stop if we hope to create a peaceful world.

    That being said...cause, passion, living a meaningful, fully engaged, aware, active life, working toward equality, freedoms, using certain strategy in the life experience.....YES, YES, YES!

    I like to do it in a peaceful way, which is more pleasing for myself, and those I interact with:>) I feel that we accomplish more by spending our energy on peaceful change rather than fighting.
  • May 28 2012: Hey, Portland, Oregon! I was born and raised there. Is it raining? No matter; I'll bet the roses are in bloom. Yes, the fights of life. In the Marine Corps, they ask the question, "Is this a hill you want to die on?" I've found that hills differ; most aren't worth dying on, some are worth, maybe, a few injuries, some you should just climb up to see the view. Most of my fights have been with myself, overcoming spiritual weaknesses and immaturity. May I suggest Eric Hoeffer's book, "The True Believer"? Should our fights in life be internal or external? I personally think it's a mix of both, and it's hard to get the mix just right. Well, best of luck in your life fights my young friend. Btw, I went to Benson High back when it was all boys. That shows you how old I am!
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      May 29 2012: A fellow Oregonian! You missed one hell of a rain and thunderstorm the other day... I went to Parkrose and Grant. Never knew Benson was an all boys school... you're right about the internal and external fight. I've found that you have to practice 'self-examination' before you can know what external fights and causes are the best for you to take on and be the most effective at changing for the better.
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    May 28 2012: Some people might have a problem with the word 'fight', I'm happy that you equally used the word 'cause'.
    This world is a complicated place. It is blessed with diversity of people, diversity of cultures, of ideas, of religions, and of opinions. But one human being can not believe everything,and live all cultures,ideas and opinions in one life. The time is just too short.

    It is human to believe in something; It is human to make choices based on conviction or influences or convinience. The freedom of choice, which is not exclusive to an individual, has its consequences. Because whatever you choose could be contrary to another person's view.
    Sometimes it is even hard for humanity to reach a consensus on what is right or what is wrong.

    So a person's life, personality and view is a reflection of one's individuality; and in a world where some people want you to see and do things in their own way alone, whether right or wrong, one needs to have a cause to fight for. In fact, your cause is your life. And if it is a good cause, then its a life worth living.
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    May 27 2012: Fighting the good fight is for young people - older people can inspire, encourage, mentor, warn or guide, but if push comes to shove - even older people should act if faced with injustice. I don't mean violence. Gandhi and King showed the way - non-violent resistence, discussion, the ballot box and global shaming is the way forward.

    In the UK, the Government is removing many employee protection laws and introducing a new way of dismissing staff a so called "no-fault dismissal" so as to help companies aviod having to justify post cuts and avoid having to pay already low redundency payments. They are using the current economic difficultues to erode hard won protection rights. UK employees are already the least protected in Europe - to the point that if an international or pan-Eupropean company needs to make staff cuts they usually fall on UK workers.

    This is an injustice that will generate fear, staff bullying, homelessness if people lose their jobs with no notice, increased benifit claims on taxpayers and potentially crime such as shoplifting as people get desperate for basic food.

    I know this is not the same as the very basic human rights issues and abuses around the world - but rising nations should be alert that every gain they win - time may well remove. The hard won fight needs to be fought time and time again.
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      May 29 2012: The "no fault dismissal" is that like the "at will employment" we have in the States? They can fire you for anything as long as it's not discrimination based on race, religion, or gender?

      With the "fear" and "staff bullying" that's common practice now days in many companies. Employers know they have the workers against the ropes, and there's nothing the average worker can do about it. When they know they can take advantage of you, it's only a matter of time before they do. -in many cases-
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    May 27 2012: tibetian buddisits thought like that, some still do, but that type of thinking didnt get them rights or fairness when the chinese marched in and took over back in 56.

    Life is a struggle or fight, always has been "u gotta fight for your right.......to party" RIP mke D
    always will be
    its what helps us grow or die, evolulition baby.

    Freedom isnt a right, its a responsibiality you fight for, hopfully non violently.

    But we all have a different path to follow so its not everbodys "cup of tea"




    ps: plz visit my post: http://www.ted.com/conversations/11648/this_is_an_open_letter_to_all.html


    peace and global respect
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    Jun 25 2012: Well sometimes it sure appears that way but the time of my life that I would live to revisit is when my kids were tiny. IN hindsight it seems very peaceful but I think it was harder than I remember it being. A sense of security and competence came with age and experience for me.
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    May 28 2012: Only in the civilized nations.
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    May 27 2012: Our life is meaningful when we consider ourselves having fairness. Just when we thought we had fair life, then we thought we had meaningful, happiness life. That's our right, a fairness.

    Why we faced fights:

    - Usually we let ourselves (aware or unaware) closer to the wrong way that led us to unfairness (mismatch)
    - Usually we didn't see process as it should be for ourselves and it made our heart feeling hurt (unfair)

    We should see our essential purpose personally (not always be the same to others), and we will accept that essential purpose as our own boundaries (unique standard for ourselves) and fulfilling it with patience without "a (sense of) fight" feeling in our heart.

    Fight (a kind of survival that will hurt their feelings, that be considered personally as hard way) is a must for any people that cannot open their mind. Usually kids experienced this and kids didn't feel any meaningful life, but don't let us (with more awareness) drawn into this.

    It's not about how we should change the world, but it's about we change ourselves to accept the world and we see the world change for ourselves. It's not as easy as it said, but the point is, that we could live within this idea as long as we know where are we within huge plan of life. And when someone already have a way to see the right place to fulfill their own fairness, they will put on it with sincerity and with patience as an adjustment in comfortable FEELING. They won't see fight anymore. See anything as should be without hurting their selves.

    To be meaningful? is fulfilling the correct fairness specifically for ourselves personally.

    It's a classic suggestion but worth, that by meditating we could seek our own pathway (correct fairness).

    It's a long road, but knowing this, is an essential start. Further, achieving awareness that make ourselves aware where we should be placed on specific & correct fairness and patience to fulfilling it, is a tremendous achievement in enjoying our life.

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