Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Considering Goals

Some quotes from Flow, which I finally finished very recently:
"Goals can lead into all sorts of trouble, at which point one gets tempted to give them up and find some less demanding script by which to order one's actions. The price one pays for changing goals whenever opposition threatens is that while one may achieve a more pleasant and comfortable life, it is likely that it will end up empty and void of meaning...

Goals justify the effort they demand at the outset, but later it is the effort that justifies the goal...

There are simply too many goals competing for prominence, and who is to say which one is worth the dedication of an entire life? ... The wealth of options we face today has extended personal freedom to an extent that would have been inconceivable even a hundred years ago. But the inevitable consequence of equally attractive choices is uncertainty of purpose; uncertainty, in turn, saps resolution, and lack of resolve ends up devaluing choice."

It is interesting to think about cause and effect relating to the importance of goals. Is the reason for all the effort required because the goal is so important? Or is the goal made important as a result of all the effort required?

Effort therefore valuable goal? Or goal therefore supreme effort?

What makes a goal important?