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What is the one thing that we all look to find in life?

Regardless of ethnicity, origin, or gender, what would you say would be the one thing that we all strive for each day?

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  • Apr 25 2013: Belonging.
    If we cannot achieve a sense of belonging to something or someone we die. Sometimes belonging is hidden behind finding our purpose but the core of purpose is belonging.
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    Apr 24 2013: Belonging, I can live like a monk, but there are no sane lone-monks.

    Lone monks all have invisible friends. Monks with a god, spirit guide .... are sane. Lone-monks are nuts. If I did live like a monk (I won't) I would be nuts; So, I need to feel I belong to something.

    I belong to my wife and The USA Constitution, sometimes I don't feel like I am in the USA, but that is okay, because it is my choice/commitment to belong even when USA citizens don't behave like they ever lived, learned, a/o loved the USA, someone, or themselves.
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      Apr 24 2013: .

      But should be
      "valid happiness" ---- the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive.

      Not the
      "invalid happiness" ---- the short-time feeling of things being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive
      but actually hurting our DNA alive afterwards.

      ("Be happy validly" is very difficult
      because "invalid happiness" didn’t exist 10,000 years ago)
  • Apr 27 2013: A feeling of being alive.
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    Apr 24 2013: Love (acceptance and intimacy); of God (the true God or the other things we turn to it), and of our fellow human beings.
  • Apr 24 2013: In my opinion we all strive for answers to the great questions (why am I here, what does it all mean, what came first, the chicken or the egg). A place where we can be openly accepted and have the freedom to express our inner desires and strive for self fulfillment. Love for self, one another and the planet we occupy.
    The ability to question is what makes us special, at its core it is what makes us human. To look inside and understand that we are a small piece of a much larger puzzle allows us to grow as an individual and as a global community.
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      Apr 24 2013: Duane,

      You are right on target. The purpose of this question is not to find an answer but to see how it is answered. Thank you for your insight.
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    Apr 24 2013: I think the word "strive" being included in your question shows not only the ongoing and inconclusiveness of life as we know it (how long can we maintain a state of bliss here on earth, if that is in fact what we want); but, this word as a longing verb shows the human nature that we have to yearn for something better than where we are now.

    If you examine the history of humans, we are always improving our external conditions and internal abilities to handle life - we are also always seeking to make the world a better place for those that we love whom will come after us to inherit this world. A utopian society I think would be ideal and amazing, but it seems at this stage our striving each day is still on the path of our ancestors, in that we hope to find a certain level of happiness while maintaining an internal emotional homeostasis, we hope to make the world a little better in the way that each one of us are able, and we typically hope that we will find a happiness more permanent than one that leaves us striving for more.
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      Apr 24 2013: Kendl,

      Thank you for your contribution, very well stated and thought through. Do you have a place that you write your thoughts on such topics such as a book, blog, etc? You have the ability to emphasis upon a simple concept and bring about reason that helps us conceptualize what we consider happiness.
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        Apr 24 2013: Thank you so much! I really, really appreciate the compliment - unfortunately I have not have the motivation to create a blog, but that's an interesting idea I might take you up on in the future. I've thought about writing a book actually, but I sort of lost the motivation for that as well. Anyway, thank you again for your compliment that's very nice of you. :-)
  • Apr 24 2013: Love:)
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    Apr 29 2013: I'd say happiness but it is a by product of something greater that is like encoded in our bodies and minds. It's the desire to love with all of our abilities and the desire to receive love with all of our abilities.
  • Apr 27 2013: Wholeness
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    Apr 27 2013: The car keys when running late.

    Perhaps, fulfilling basic needs, food, shelter, security, and then what makes us happy or gives us pleasure.
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    Apr 26 2013: Fullfillment, Happiness, Accomplishments

    One of my goals is to change some aspect of human life, because I'm an artist I decided at a young age that the Mens Suit is getting so freaking old, brand to brand it's all exactly the same. I want to bring something radical to the stage.

    Above all I just want to be happy. But I have a feeling I'm going to have to move around a lot to figure that part out.

    By the time it's my turn to die, situation depending, I hope that I'll be able to let everything I ever cared about in this world go, so I can focus my mind on, situation depending, whatever I find relevant at the time.
  • Apr 25 2013: Happiness a completion of ones open thoughts
  • Apr 24 2013: Not sure it is one thing and I am not sure it stays the same during the course of a life.

    For me, it would be something like happiness-purpose-true love-happiness-purpose-peace.
  • Apr 24 2013: Satisfaction.
  • Apr 29 2013: Money. Love and happiness