The purpose of existence in this life cannot be identified uniformly. There are four personalities, represented in four categories. The first category consists of people, living just for themselves. The second category consists of those desiring to bear children. The third category consists of those surviving to make a difference in their respective communities. The fourth and last category consists of those making a positive difference for the entire humanity.
The four groupings can be regarded as applicable to normal people. However, a careful analysis reveals that those living just for themselves are on the verge of insanity, although hard-working and making money. A person could accumulate properties and do fascinating things, yet the death of that person ends everything.
The second category describes one, who also works hard, but aims at providing for his own family only. The person could accumulate wealth but focus only on providing for his/her children and nothing else. This type of personality can be considered better than the one living just for oneself.
Sadly, that person’s wealth can create dangerous fights among children, after his death. The person might assume being considerate and loving to his children, but only creating the opposite. The best investment for one’s children is providing them with intellectual capabilities. Physical provisions for children can serve only to spoil them and cause them to fail to take responsibility.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:13-21 NIV).
Was the inheritance more important than eternal life? The inheritance complainant could not weigh both issues, to determine workability. He had been too obsessed with inheritance. A person cannot be obsessed with one aspect, without forfeiting the value of the other.
The futility of accumulating too much wealth can, potentially, create problems for one’s children after death. The inheritance appears good for physical existence, but problematic to spiritual existence. The inheritance complainant who approached Jesus for arbitration, merely, sought justice.
The family man always assumes that value is limited to catering for children. His family may be envied by others, and indeed carry some hope, as some children might become enlightened, along the way. That would depend on them making the right decisions and adopting better methods of living; thereby, cleaning one’s parents’ past foolishness.
However, if the offspring continues in the trajectory of self-centeredness, there would be no hope. Self-centeredness is attractive to most people but portrays a tragedy in human existence. All our problems can be traced to living a life of self-centeredness.
The third category can be described as patriotic, when viewed, nationally. That person would be hard working, as well, but interested in the affairs of his countrymen. He engages in activities that uplift the living conditions of his fellow countrymen. A country can be blessed, when many people would possess such a mindset, in a country.