virus: Life purpose

Richard Brodie (
Fri, 17 Oct 1997 09:28:55 -0700

On Thursday, October 16, 1997 12:39 PM, Ken Kittlitz []
> At 01:24 PM 10/15/97 -0700, Richard B. wrote:
> >I don't accept "being right" as a valid life purpose!
> Do you mean for you in particular, or in general?

Let's just say that I wouldn't recommend it! Of course, people are free to
pick whatever life purpose they want. In Getting Past OK, I show how to
pick a life purpose that generates success and fulfillment according to
your own definition.

> Are some life purposes inherently unacceptable? In "Getting Past OK" you
> give the tongue-in-cheek example of the person who's "purpose" is to
> memorize Gilligan's Island episodes. I would certainly agree that this a
> silly purpose, but, ultimately, what distinguishes it from other
> If level-3 is about finding a life purpose and trying to fulfill it, does
> it really matter what the purpose is?

If you do the exercises in Getting Past OK, you will come up with a life
purpose that will maximize meaning, fulfillment, satisfaction and so on.
You'd have to be a rare bird for Gilligan's Island to do that!

Richard Brodie
Author, VIRUS OF THE MIND: The New Science of the Meme
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