[ 8/May/21 – Note in a JBP study group]
I don’t think JBP deals much with the purpose of life as a question, he seems to me to leave our choice of purpose up to us within very broad limits.
What he does talk about is the sorts of limits we all need to accept as being part of any responsible exercise of such freedom as we have.
One of those things he speaks of often is finding a context sensitive balance between order and chaos. A certain amount of order is required for survival, but too much order destroys creativity and freedom. A certain amount of chaos, or novelty, is an essential part of creativity, but too much is destructive. Where that balance lies is very context sensitive, and requires the deepest levels of responsibility and awareness we are each capable of.
Another thing he often talks about in depth is being as truthful as possible. Acknowledging that we are all limited and fallible, we are all going to be far from perfection in terms of approaching whatever truth may be, and we can aid everyone in our journeys if we are each conscious of not deliberately or consciously misleading anyone (at any level), and that can get tricky when multiple levels are involved.
He also speaks of the need to confront our fears, and of being willing to see our own errors and mistakes and to clean up messes (rather than defending mistakes and making messes worse).
To me Jordan speaks a lot of wisdom, and many people seem intent on over simplifying things that are irreducibly complex – and we all have a tendency to do that, particularly when under any form of stress.