Cioran is a new type of practising person whose originality and representative nature are evident in the fact that he practises rejecting every goal-directed way of practising. (cf anti-purpose)
so anarchist I refuse to make to-do lists because its clearly an attempt of present self to assert authority over future selves.— Slope of Function (@SlopeOfFunction) July 8, 2018
the sage thus seeks what no one seeks he doesn't prize hard-to-get goods he studies what no one studies he turns to what others pass by to help all things be natural he thus dares not act – Lao Tzu 64 (Red Pine translation)
Q: Would you care to sum up the purpose of meditation? A: Well, meditation is dealing with purpose itself. It is not that meditation is for something, but it is dealing with the aim. Generally we have a purpose for whatever we do: something is going to happen in the future, therefore what I am doing now is important — everything is related to that. But the whole idea of meditation is to develop an entirely different way of dealing with things, where you have no purpose at all. In fact, meditation is dealing with the question of whether or not there is such a thing as purpose, And when one learns a different way of dealing with the situation, one no longer has to have a purpose. One is not on the way to somewhere. Or rather, one is on the way and one is also at the destination at the same time. That is really what meditation is for. (p 83)
Whatever happens; may it happen! Whichever way it goes; may it go that way! There is no purpose!
There is no purpose, means that there is no one overriding, overarching, all inclusive – ‘purpose’. God is not working ‘His’ purpose out. There is no such ‘God’ and no such ‘purpose’. Reality is simply the dance of emptiness and form and compassion is the recognition that everything is its own purpose of itself. Each moment of reality is perfect as it is.
**Sarvakarmaphalatyâga . . . Years ago, having written this spellbinding word in capital letters on a sheet of paper, I had tacked it to the wall of my room so I could stare at it throughout the day. It remained there for months, until I finally took it down because I realized I was becoming more and more attached to its magic and less and less to its content. Yet what it signifies: detachment from the fruit of action**, is of such importance that anyone who had truly possessed himself of it would have nothing more to accomplish, since he would have reached the one valid end, the real truth that annihilates all the others and exposes their emptiness, being empty itself, moreover—but this emptiness is conscious of itself. Imagine a greater awareness, a further step toward awakening, and he who takes it will be no more than a ghost, a phantom.
slaves do things for the sake of goals; free people proudly waste their time— Sport of Brahma (@SportOfBrahma) August 4, 2019
Landau argues that being too much of a workaholic, or too goal-oriented, can render people particularly vulnerable to what he calls, “the paradox of the end,” which is the empty feeling that can occur upon achieving an aim.