Don Jack has a job, a few friends, often goes to the gym and has ambitious dreams of participating in life. Often he finds himself questioning whether he continues to pursue these things. The chain of whys hasn't been resolved. As an example (which can have many alternative answers, by the way) :
- Jack has a job. Why? -> Jack wants to save money. Why? -> Jack wants to start his own company. Why? -> Jack wants to have lots of agency & hire smart people. Why? -> Jack wants to quickly and easily reach goals. Why? -> There's no clear reason for this.
- Jack wants to have friends. Why? -> Jack wants people to help each other out. Why? -> To make great things possible and easier to do? Why? -> There's no clear reason for this.
- Jack goes to the gym. Why? -> Jack wants to be healthy. Why? -> He doesn't like being sick; when he was ill, he vowed to do everything he had wanted to do, regretting doing what he was capable of when healthy. Why does he want to do the things he is capable of? 😀😀 Is there an alternative? One can only do what one is capable of. -> This seems a bit helpful.
- Jack wants inner peace, so he does some meditative practices. Why? Why does he want inner peace? -> Because the alternative is painful. He experiences pain and knows it's not great. He knows tranquillity and knows it's great to have it personally.
The problem with having unclear whys is that the mind easily shifts from one pursuit to another. Are there reasons that are:
- Universal (they are true for Jack as for Danny as for Angie, as for a monkey called Romeo, and an ant called Maggie)
- Deeper (they aren't just true at the individual level. That apply not just on earth, but also across space)
- Timeless (they have existed for all time)