Most people want health, happiness and meaning in life, among many, many other wants. George Bernard Shaw (“Preface to Androcles and the Lion”) observed, “Whether Socrates got as much out of life as John Wesley (founder of Methodism] is an unanswerable question, but a nation of Socrateses would be much safer and happier than a nation of Wesleys.” I think a nation of Ingersolls would be much safer, happier and wiser than a nation of Donald Trumps.
My sweet wife Carol, a big Hillary fan, asked me to explain why white guys as a demographic are so down on Hillary. Hell, I don't know - I like Hillary well enough. I'll cheerfully vote for her, despite having felt the Bern throughout the campaign season.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) of which I am a proud member, wrote a blog on 7/20/16 entitled, "Can it be stated enough? Why the Noah’s Ark myth doesn’t hold water." Reason is the first of four R-E-A-L dimensions of REAL wellness - it deals with respect for science, a capacity for critical thinking, attention to evidence in decision-making and other ways that educated people exercise common sense. I offer it here in its entirety.
Besides the obvious motivations for work, such as income, connectedness and opportunities to practice your skills, there are other positive returns from what you do for a living. You can benefit in varied ways, for instance, from designing new ways of adding M&P to work, not to mention daily functioning. Succeeding at either or better yet, both, will contribute to mental tranquility and enthusiasm for what lies ahead, every day.
I have sometimes wondered whether our country was to be forever governed by parties full of hatred, full of malice, full of slander. I have sometimes wondered whether or not in the future there would not be discovered such a science as the science of government. I do not know what you think, but what little I do know, and what little experience has been mine, is, I must admit, against it. We have passed through the most remarkable campaign of our history -- a campaign remarkable in every respect.