Life Goal : Knowledge
According to this description, the primary life goal for me is Knowledge. Not Experience or even Wisdom (which are life goals for other categories of people according to this book). I have been mulling this over for days now. Ever since I can remember, I have been obsessed with figuring things out. I read voraciously, usually looking for answers. I want to figure things out. Until recently I didn't even trust my own experience to guide me to the answers. I've felt like The Answers are out there and my job is to find them.
I can't figure out how I got to be this way. It is just my way. Over time I have developed a secondary obsession with journaling. This started as my attempt to sort out what I took in from the outside. But gradually it led to me forming my own ideas based on not only my reading of other people's thoughts, but also of how my own experience and internal thoughts collide with what I've read.
I think the way I've approached religion mirrors that gradual shift in my life. I am just now realizing that. When I was young, my experience and what others told me was not really in conflict so I accepted what I was told. Then as I grew older, I began to see a huge clash between my own experience and what I was told about the world (and specifically religion). (As an adult I realize that what I was told about religion was completely limited and isolated and I didn't realize how much more there was out there.) Anyway, because of the clash with my experience, I rejected religion completely.
Then when I was 30 years old I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that threw my world into a tailspin. Although it took several years to percolate, I started on a different journey that eventually led me back to religion. But this time I realized there were other ideas out there than what I had grown up hearing. Something told me that I should look around more to find idealogies that more closely matched my experience. It is ironic that my search has led me back to Christianity. (Actually it showed me that Christ's message was sound all along, it is only the way human beings have handled it that has made it violent, oppressive, judgmental, etc.)
I wonder if I'm truly meant to "Know". Knowledge seems passive to me. I'd rather have Wisdom as a life goal. And shouldn't I get to choose for myself? ;-)