Finding Meaning as an INFJ

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Wow, where do I start. How do you find meaning, as an INFJ? I can only speak to my own journey. While I won’t give everything away, I will say that time, life experience, and adversity thrust me in that direction. I won’t lie, living in this chaotic world is hard for an Idealist. It is a struggle, sometimes daily, to find something good in which to believe. That is why writing is very important to me. I can express my ideals much better that way. For me, my meaning in life is knowing that I have either advocated and spoken up for those who have no voice, enlightened someone to truth (although I know that can be relative. All I can do is present it; it is not my job to make people see anything my way. They must take it and make their own path), or helped someone in the most simplest of ways (I feel this way about nature and animals as well).

My true passion is in bringing awareness and pointing someone in the right direction, or being an empathetic, listening ear. Of course, I feel best when I see someone’s needs fulfilled. I am often disappointed when I do not see change for the better, either in someone’s life or in the world. More times than not, I am disappointed but the drive is still in me to continue on and work for a better world. I am not an activist in the sense of protesting. I like to do things much more subtly, such as through writing or acts of quiet, civil disobedience.

As an INFJ or anyone who wishes to see truth and change in the world, finding meaning can be difficult. Our world is currently in a state of restlessness, and I am afraid to say, things will get worse before they get better. I do hope, one day, they will get better.

I do not know if I have or will make a difference in the world. I can only leave a legacy through my actions and writings and hope that one day someone will be better for it. As for myself, I too seek self-actualization in hopes of growing closer to the truth. None of us is exempt from it. It is the only way to find meaning.

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”
-Tolstoy

To find meaning and purpose is not to “find the meaning of life” but to unearth who you are and use that to serve humanity. If the focus is outward, we will wander about aimlessly forever. When the focus shifts inward, then we are on the path to enlightenment.

Meaning is different to different people. It’s not one thing or another; it is much more complex than that and yet it is simple.

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”
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Viktor E. Frankl

Final Thoughts: Be open, seek truth, face reality, be honest with yourself. Welcome adversity and love. Meaning may be closer than you think.

 

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Be a Critical Thinker

Originally posted on Fine words do not produce food:

This morning I switched on the news, as I often do in the mornings, and I found myself particularly annoyed.

I’ve been talking about this with my baby brother a lot. He and I both took sociology at A-level, so sometimes when we’re talking about things that go in society we get to analysing them through a sociological lens (he’s really growing up).

Anywho, there I was watching the news when it began. Not ten minutes in to watching- and I found myself being informed of the terrorist threat. (If you follow me on twitter- you may have already seen my initial response to this.)

This post advocates being a critical thinker, and also reading your news rather than watching it.

I think a lot of people don’t think about the fact that even the news & media outlets have their own agendas, and sometimes (despite all the…

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More or Less?

I look at the news (and no I don’t buy into much of what we are told as truth but it still tells me a lot about our world) and I see control everywhere. Thoreau said “That government is best which governs least.” Do you agree? Everywhere you look, we are under control. Stop signs, stop lights, no trespassing, FAA, NDAA, Patriot Act, body scan before boarding a flight, paying for electricity, paying for water, paying for internet (and being watched while on it, not to mention everywhere we go), clocking in at work, being told when to go for lunch break, clocking out of work, speed limit, drug laws, boating laws, forced schooling, land takeover, closed borders, cameras everywhere, forced taxation, forced labor to pay for crap, eat this/don’t eat that, and the list just goes on and on and on… Some would say we need laws to keep people in line, but it seems the more the reigns are tightened, the more people will struggle to break free. That is evident in a world of the small few that are slowly becoming sick and tired of the elite takeover and the few are rebelling. Must the elite and our governments domesticate and standardize everything and everyone?

For the majority (especially in America), I think they like their reigns. I for one think I can govern myself.

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Quotes of the Day

“It is manifestly against the Law of Nature… that a handful of men wallow in luxury, while the famished multitudes lack the necessities of life.”
-Rousseau

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”
-Nietzsche

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
-Nietzsche

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Discontentment

What purpose could discontentment play in your life?

It can drive you to find your true passion. Once I found myself in a place of true discontentment, I was moved to my calling in life. I did not have to force myself to find it… it found me. Not that I have “arrived” but I am spurred on to continue walking the path of life. Discontentment just may be tapping on your shoulder, as if to say, it’s time to try another path or move on to your true calling. It can be useful in moving us to action. Don’t confuse discontentment with a reason to get out of something difficult, but as a way to examine where you are in life. Take some time for self-reflection and take stock in your life. It may be time for some positive changes, no matter the difficulty.

The Confidant

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How to Remain Blind, Ignorant, and Lost

Don’t think critically
Believe everything the media tells you
Don’t ask the people who are really going through a crisis what they think and how they feel
Don’t seek the truth
Don’t learn more about yourself, your lineage, or your real history
Live in denial
Put on a mask
Love lies and defend them to the death without having all the facts
Be one sided
Remain prejudice
Be proud of your diplomas and degrees
Continue to think your job and 401k will sustain you
Fail to speak out against wrongs
Continue to deny ecosystem destruction
Refuse to listen to wisdom

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The Forgotten Power of Art

Originally posted on Lex Solo's Political Rantings:

Society loves to measure and value people based on what they do for a living and how big their paycheck is, yet those that pursue any artistic passion, until they became famous, will be frowned upon and questioned.

There is no denying that art is beautiful the purest window to the artist’s soul. Painters – like Picasso with Guernica – have created masterpieces that depict both the beauty and horrors of the society the live in. Writers have the ability to show anyone the reality they live in or the one they desire to live in. Actors are a model of inspiration through the roles they play, the viewer is able to envision the traits of the character presented to him and grasp its greatness. Poets have the ability evoke all kinds of feelings with the right use of words and prose. These are just some of the abilities artists…

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Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997.

He gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the…

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Lies vs. Truth

“People would rather believe a lie, and defend it, rather than face reality. Especially when it comes from those we deem to be in authority.”

The Confidant

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Be Yourself

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

-Nietzsche

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