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Old 11-21-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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Default Mature question: For the adults, why do you think a lot of your peers feel unfulfilled with their lives?

Why do you think a lot of your peers (and possibly yourself), or society in general feel unfulfilled with their lives?

Just curious to see what your observations are. Are there anything they can do to change how things are?

*I'm also a 20-yr-old college sophomore, so I'll really really be attentive to what you say! (so that hopefully I'll be able to learn something too)
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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It would also be helpful if we could all converge on what we all mean by describing someone as "unfulfilled"...
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:09 PM
 
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I don't think a lot of my peers are unfilled with their lives.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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Thanks, manderly. I was hoping this was so lol. Do you want to expand on that?
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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Thanks, manderly. I was hoping this was so lol. Do you want to expand on that?
Not sure what more you are looking for. Most people I know seem generally happy. And if they aren't they hide it well I guess.

Keep in mind I'm not sure most people would let on their level of "fulfillment" to their peers.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:30 AM
 
Location: The United States of Amnesia
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Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy **** we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. We're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. BY Chuck Palahniuk.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:14 AM
 
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Why do you think a lot of your peers (and possibly yourself), or society in general feel unfulfilled with their lives?

Just curious to see what your observations are. Are there anything they can do to change how things are?

*I'm also a 20-yr-old college sophomore, so I'll really really be attentive to what you say! (so that hopefully I'll be able to learn something too)
Unrealistic high expectations from helicopter parents. That's it in a nutshell.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:35 AM
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What age group are you asking about?
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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Not sure what more you are looking for. Most people I know seem generally happy. And if they aren't they hide it well I guess.
Yeah, most people are generally happy, but that is not close to the same thing as being fulfilled.

I think people are unfullfilled b/c we all realize most of the work and stuff we do is meaningless other than to keep ourselves eating and surviving. Most people wouldn't do what they do employment-wise if it weren't for the money. There is something somewhat demoralizing about waking up at 6-6:30AM every weekday, commuting 0.5-1 hours each way, and working 8-10 hours.

So, people are happy as long as they have a paycheck, but higher order fulfillment is missing.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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I might have felt unfulfilled at age 20; there were lots of spaces and time ahead. Now at age 62 I don't feel at all unfulfilled and don't believe my friends do either. Making ethical choices, finding your passions, doing what you must do to keep your finances afloat and insisting on finding the joyful aspects of your work, and recognizing that one can find quality people to include in your life along the journey pays off!
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