The Purpose of a Driven Life

Modern life has made it easier than ever before to live on the surface
of existence and apparently without the need for any deeper sense of
purpose. The pace of life for one thing gives us little time for
reflection, and this suits a lot of us very well. In developed
countries, we don’t have to worry about basic survival and we enjoy
greater and greater freedom to cut our own course in life. This is one
of the great achievements of Western culture, a genuine liberation —
for those who can enjoy it. But the down side is that it is easier than
ever before to avoid commitments and to evade dependence — both the
dependence of others on us and the dependence we have on others. The
worst thing you can be in personal relationships, so we are told, is
dependent. The second worst thing is to have a partner who is dependent
on you.