Find Meaning and Purpose in Your life
Here is the first two questions for the second part of the Meaning and Purpose. It is a pre-course.
I will not post all the questions or tests here, or any of the courses, but I will use snippets. After all, I don't want to screw someone out of their non-profit dollar.
The first questions are, with a rating of agreement 1-10. 1= Absolutely not true, 10 Absolutely true:
1) ___ I have a strong sense of meaning and purpose in life
2) ___ I have a clear understanding of what gives my life meaning and purpose
These are followed by a quiz that asks me if I feel keeping track of my “progress” is a good idea.
Oh, and just so you know, they have a Pay It Forward component. Copy/paste this link and you can join in learning how to find meaning in your life!*
The next phase of the quiz leaves me a little bit puzzled so I just charge along and don't read too deep. That's Doppelgangers job, anyway. The phase involves an MPQ (“Meaning and Purpose Questionnaire”), that is supposed to provide a baseline for “you to evaluate your own progress in finding meaning and purpose.”
Oddly, the explanatory paragraph regarding the last quiz and this new one addresses my concerns of “lack”, or “not knowing where to even start” I had in the beginning.
The course is already trying to get me involved into the community, one of the things it purports will give my life a direction for meaning. So they are already taking the first steps for me by making it part of the course.
What I am taking away from this is that finding my meaning really is my job, and I'll get what I put into it.
"What was the muddiest point of this lesson?"
I don't know how to gauge if I am actually helping find meaning in other peoples lives, and isn't that kind of NOT my responsibility?
The first two questions seem loaded. I can think of no one taking this test already having a sense of meaning of their life. If they had a deep understanding, they wouldn't be taking any of this course. By answering the first two “honestly” it simply re-enforces your feeling of lack of meaning. Or at least that's my view, you don't have to subscribe.
The questions I had regarding “not knowing where to even start” I had in the beginning, are addressed immediately in the next section, and it makes me wonder if this feeling was somehow planted, or expected.
And the fact that I am encouraged to post my answers? Feels like a form of profiling crossed with peer pressure. I have the feeling that if I end up not agreeing with this group the followers could attempt to ostracize me. I hope I don't invest so much time in this that it makes me feel bad for leaving it. That's how cults are started.
Also, I had to take a lesson quiz with multiple choice answers, that said if I got less than 60% I would have to take the quiz again for it to be marked complete. The indoctrination begins.... I have to answer the way they want or I can't progress in finding meaning for my own life...?
Already the three question quiz has me arguing it. It starts off with another true/false, this time saying that the courses MPQ test is a great way for me to keep track if I am making progress.
I have no idea if it is a great way, because I have not taken it fully. I may find my meaning WITHOUT ever looking back at the journal, or not finish the course at all. So how can I say anything of the course is true? Or False?
Machine chose to answer true for all of the quiz, and got 100%
*Machine: BTW, you get bonus points for “Pay it Forward”, basically getting three other people to take this course upgrades your PIF status.
Doppelganger: 10% is not enough, recruit recruit recruit!