Enjoy life's 'pointless' detours

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 June, 2009, 12:00am

Sometimes it seems that everything we do is out of personal interests. We hand in our homework so as not to get in trouble. We revise for exams in order to get praise. So it seems with everything in life. But is it the whole story?

Some people argue that everything boils down to economic principles. But, in actual fact, we are not exactly as rational and profit-oriented as some economists think. We do plenty of purposeless things - watching soap operas, for example, or even news from a part of the world we know nothing about.

People also donate blood and there is nothing in it for them personally.

In other words, not everything we do is because of personal interest. Sometimes we don't need to have a reason to do things. Being impractical sometimes is a break from other, more disciplined aspects of our lives. It takes us on pleasant detours.

Yau Chun-hei, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Chun-hei. A wise man once said the point of life was the journey, not the destination.

People seem to think that unless they are achieving some sort of magnificent goal then they are sure to be unhappy. This is not so.

Being willing to take what life brings and explore what you have are key elements to being happy.

Susan, Editor