If you begin asking the unanswerable question, “What is the point of it all?”, you are not understanding that you cannot see the entire mosaic of existence. Even if God Himself told you today the purpose of certain events, you would not understand it now, especially if you are still asleep.
Einstein himself wrote that the among the greatest delusions is the feeling of separateness from others. When you seek ambition only for yourself, you are seeing yourself as separate from others and thus putting all your energy into the wrong things. We are not separate even from the clouds, sun, and the earth.
One good proportion of how you will endure suffering is the practice of the identification you have with your “selfish” self. How much you identify with it is directly proportional to how much you will suffer. Ask yourself the deepest questions… Are you your feelings? Are you your thoughts? Are you what Society thinks of you? Of course not. You are a much more profound being than what thoughts are racing through your mind today.
Be in awe of the mystery of existence that even man cannot fathom with a scientific explanation. Questions like, “How do the salmon know to swim thousands of miles back to their origin and breeding ground”? How do the sea turtles swim around the entire earth in order to do the same? As we discussed, you can endeavor to remove yourself as much from Society as possible if you can ignore its teachings, but if you participate in the world, try to be free from the midst of it.
If you have a “wanting mind”, then what will you do when you satisfy your wanting? Then all you will do is come up with even more wanting. Society is great in perpetuating the myth that satisfying your wants will bring you lasting happiness, contentment and peace. But in the ‘wanting mind”, these feeling, even if achieve last only a short while. I can give endless examples, but one only needs to look at the events in their own life to understand that the “wanting mind” is not the answer. As we discussed, it is the “model” that is so flawed. If you determine that “efficiency” is so prized, then you will find no end to your solution because there will be endless ways to become more and more efficient. There is no end.
In your meditation and prayer, when you feel your thoughts, you will find that your “wanting” is actually painful, just like a stomach pain. When you fulfill a certain want, the momentary happiness you experience is not really pleasure at all, but just the momentary relief from your grasping. One way to help your path to compassion and peace is to bless and say a silent blessing to everything and everyone that you encounter. Everyone and everything has a song inside them. In parts of Africa, they greet each other in joy with a song.