Here I am back with another instalment in my plan to review the entire TPDL
Apparently, it is not about me. What I want for my life does not matter, I should discover the purpose god intended for me.
Early on there is a good example of muddled thinking. He says "If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose ... only the inventor or the owners manual could reveal its purpose" What bullshit. Of course we would be able to figure out the use of most unknown devices. Case in point: The antikythera device
He also says that many people try to use god for their own self actualization, but that is an enterprise doomed to failure. Ironically, that is probably the only use I can see for the christian church - to make people feel better about bad things happening because it is all part of some mystic plan. I do not agree with this AT ALL, but its one of the few positive side effects of christianity - as a humanist I can appreciate that some people need a little comforting, I just feel that they should rather get it elsewhere, not from a zombie worshipping death-cult.
Next up some more logical fallacies. Apparently philosophers cannot determine the meaning of life, so therefore it must mean that the meaning of life is actually determined by this entity that no-one has been able to demonstrate exists. I might as well say that the sock fairy that occasionally makes off with one of my socks has a plan for the meaning of my life. It is equally logical, that is to say not at all!
Last thing of note (and we'll most likely revisit this later), is that he says you can choose your career, your spouse, your friends, your hobbies but not your purpose. From a humanist perspective my argument would be that the sum of your choices in life is the same thing as your purpose. Except the term purpose implies external determination, not personal choice.
That is the end of chapter one. Thus far I am not convinced...