No one can act wisely in the details of life, if the greater purpose of life is still unknown to him.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, sometime in the first century A. D.
I often wonder to myself how much I truly know about the purpose of this life. I understand the Plan of Salvation. I understand the gospel... I'm not a scriptorian but I understand the basic tenets. I am extremely blessed to have been born into this gospel and to have a little understanding as to why I am here.
But do I really understand the purpose of this life? I mean intimately understand why I am here and why everyone else is here too. Not on a superficial, awareness type of level, but a deep philosophical level of existence. And do I take that knowledge and this life for granted?
Because I think if I absolutely knew my purpose here, I wouldn't give in to the temptations that surround me. I say that, but part of this mortal life is to have those temptations so we can overcome them, to lift ourselves above them. So, maybe, it's rather that the more I know about why I am here, the less I give into those mortal tendencies. I think we have to fall down so we know how to get back up.
I feel the Spirit inspiring (or rather chastening) me right now as I type this to buckle down and learn more about the Plan of Salvation. Because no matter how much I think I know already, my knowledge is far from perfect. And the closer to a perfect knowledge I get, the more I will understand the purpose of this life. So study is the key. Study. Learn. Believe. Understand. Know. In that order. And it all starts with Study.