Luis A. Marrero, June 13, 2023
Boston Institute for Meaningful Purpose (www.bostonimp.com)
Suppose you are one of my frequent readers. In that case, you know by now that Meaningful Purpose Psychology (Logoteleology) came to be as the result of a paradox — that humanity does not suffer from a lack of answers. Instead, it suffers despite the answers being available. Think about it: we live in an age of unprecedented scientific, psychological, and sociological knowledge breakthroughs, yet human self-inflicted problems persist.
“How can this be?” you may ask. Fortunately, the positive aspect of the paradox is that there are solutions. My colleague, Daniel Persuitte, and I dedicated a whole chapter – Blocks to Meaning — to our recent book, Meaningful Purpose: A Primer in Logoteleology, on this subject. The challenge requires one to be willing to invest to stay off the self-inflicted suffering track.
Of the various options to avoid being part of and victim of the problem, one is to practice integrity. This practice requires and means to seek, follow, and stick to the truth through honest, rigorous study and research. We will need to learn, considering all the perspectives of situations. Yes, of course, there will often be levels of subjectivity to reality. Yes, there will frequently be tentativeness to our findings – until a new fact or theory emerges. Yet, if we use the subjectivity and tentativeness excuse to avoid doing our homework, the problems we seek to avoid and solve will persist. And that is what they are, excuses. Based on our findings and many other studies, these excuses are ways in which we deceive ourselves to avoid facing the obvious truth – and keeping the paradox alive.
But there is hope in practicing integrity!
What do you think? Is there a problem with integrity? What else feeds the paradox?