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Old 08-29-2017, 10:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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It means never have to ponder about this type of question. Just enjoying your life.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:47 AM
 
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I would have no idea.
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Jim, it's a work in progress. I hope. Ain't over 'til it's over.
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Concord NC
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"Any fulfillment is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher fulfillment." - Albert Camus
It seems like something we should approach asymptotically and enjoy the process as much as our nature will allow.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Perth
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Default asymptotically!!

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"Any fulfillment is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher fulfillment." - Albert Camus
It seems like something we should approach asymptotically and enjoy the process as much as our nature will allow.
Have not seen that word since college geometry in the mid70s - thanks for the smile.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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There's no such thing as a fulfilling life. Socrates and Plato already talked of this, but it's unattainable. Throughout history mankind's primary concern was digging potatoes, turnips and rice out of the ground. In the modern Western world we have supermarkets, but it's all essentially meaningless.

Speak for yourself. Each person creates his own meaning and fulfillment, or not. Even if it's true that the majority of mankind operates on the basic level of providing food and shelter, and perhaps many also engage in meaningless activities to amuse themselves and pass the time, others go beyond those levels.


"No such thing" for many, and maybe for you personally, is not the same as "no such thing" period.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Everyone is going to be "fulfilled" by different things. To me it's whatever makes you satisfied. It can be a job well done in the past (career) or a job well done in your garden. My immediate thought is children. Most people are fulfilled by having children and successfully raising them. That's the number one. Then grandchildren after that. (Then again some of us are "fulfilled" by peanut butter toast...).

A "fulfilling" life would seem to be a life that contains enough things that fulfill you. Enough will differ for each person also. So one person may be totally fulfilled by having contracted a long happy marriage (no children or money!). Someone else by their career choice (and maybe they are single). Someone else by putting 3 kids through college while they worked manual labor. Other people have a long list of things they recite. All the things that ever made them feel good about themselves.

I disagree with Camu (too bad he's not here!) LOL. I never have felt the urge to best myself. I do the best I can then "look on the bright side". My kid isn't a doctor but he's self sufficient and good citizen. He's not in jail and he's not on drugs. What more do you want?
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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Speak for yourself. Each person creates his own meaning and fulfillment, or not. Even if it's true that the majority of mankind operates on the basic level of providing food and shelter, and perhaps many also engage in meaningless activities to amuse themselves and pass the time, others go beyond those levels.


"No such thing" for many, and maybe for you personally, is not the same as "no such thing" period.




I am speaking for myself.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:29 AM
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A life without regret.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:37 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Having people around you who you love, and who you love to be with.
Spending a good amount of your life doing things you enjoy doing.
Being able to fully use and enjoy your talents.
Being healthy.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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I think contentment means being happy with who you are and what you have.

I imagine there are many who have not had a "wonderful, satisfying" life when they were younger. Many have come through difficult times. Being able to put all of that behind you, count your blessings that you are no longer there.

I used to want more, be it money, travel, people, etc. I still do not have them. But by the grace of God, I've come to realize how fortunate I am. Peace of mind. Food to eat. A few friends to see. Enough money to pay rent and buy food, etc.

The Serenity Prayer comes to mind, and my faith and belief in God.
The Serenity Prayer was part of our wedding vows and when things got tough we would say this to each other. Maybe not all word for word but it did come up often.
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