August 22, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: Food, Clothing, Shelter and Tickle Fights

by Mike McKnight

Age 43, Los Angeles, CA

You’re going to hear this response a lot, and I’m respectfully surprised you didn’t mention it in the NYT column as a pervasive source of human purpose, but I found my purpose in serving my family. Before I got married at age 31, I just wanted to be a respected writer. Afterward, almost as if a switch had been flipped, I became surprisingly and highly motivated by making my wife and one, two, now three children — hmm, if not happy (What does that mean?) then at least content and comfortable (in their own skin more than financial comfort).

Mainly it’s about contentedness and fun, though. Tickle fights and inside jokes and loud, tasty dinners and all that.

Less flowery and romantic is the purpose I’ve found in providing food, clothing, shelter, and security; that’s a strong purpose, albeit a primal and somewhat boring one. Mainly it’s about contentedness and fun, though. Tickle fights and inside jokes and loud, tasty dinners and all that.

I tried very hard to answer this honestly and avoid tropes and clichés. This is what I felt deep down. Thank you.

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