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Is a persons reality, meaning, and purpose determined by their choice of study/job?

We each end up choosing, either randomly or due to interest a discipline to pursue in college, or generally in life. For example, a person who chooses medicine spend most of their life in a hospital instead of traveling and seeing the world. There's always that exception of people switching careers suddenly due to hating what they do. But, in reality, most people tend to settle with what they have and not peruse any other kind of mental stimulation or excitement or desire to truly learn out of interest and self-betterment.

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    Mar 19 2013: The job/school may affect the purpose and meaning of life to an extent...depending on the (life)situation. The vast majority spend more time at school/job than with their family. A vocation that does not contribute to the purpose or meaning in life would be unfruitful, in my humble opinion.
    It is a choice..really...one can make valid arguments on both sides.
    • Mar 20 2013: I disagree. I don't feel like this in my job, but when I look around me and hear people talking about their jobs, I feel like our society has forced many people to be in jobs that they do not enjoy and that do make their life unfruitful. It is truly unfortunate, but if you conduct a pole, I doubt that the majority of the people who have a job are happy in it. They go to their job in order to sustain themselves, their family and home. The world we live in now is much more dependent on financial security than meaning of life.
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        Mar 21 2013: "I don't feel like this in my job, but when I look around me and hear people talking about their jobs, I feel like our society has forced many people to be in jobs that they do not enjoy and that do make their life unfruitful."
        Karim, why do you think so? I believe that it is still a personal choice/decision...our society does not force anyone to remain in jobs.
        " I doubt that the majority of the people who have a job are happy in it. They go to their job in order to sustain themselves, their family and home.The world we live in now is much more dependent on financial security than meaning of life"
        True. However, livelihood is important as well. We also have to take the individual's life situation in consideration. For ex:,there may be school loans to pay off or a family to support which may take precedence for that individual.
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          Mar 22 2013: yes, this "I must do that...' or i MUST do that... its all a huge myth! nobody MUST do anything...

          These are OUR choices, and WE should take responsibility for our own lives...

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