Q: What is the driving force that motivates us to live?

Oct 11, 2015

Based on the accumulation of all my life experiences, time discussing philosophical stances in classes, and personal beliefs, I hold true that the driving force that motivates one to live is... love. When you think about what an individual's intention behind each action is, it all relays back to some extent of the universal idea of love. For example, the intention behind getting an education might be to learn more about what an individual is capable of knowing, but really, it relates back to the theme of love, as love for his/her mental well-being is prominent. According to Huffington Post, “Love is key to a happy and fulfilling life.” in an article that reveals the “Secrets to a Fulfilling Life.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/11/how-this-harvard-psycholo_n_372...) One thing is for sure: it is no longer a secret. Additionally, Psychology Today also agrees with this statement as it says, “...love, wherever it may come from, is the only way to truly experience life to its fullest.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-fitness/201101/the-ten-mo...) Moreover so, Shapespeare, one of the most admired men in the philosophical branch of human knowledge, demonstarted the intense need for love in Romeo & Juliet; there are too many quotes from the play I could put here; you get the jist. At the end of the day, love is the driving force that motivates us to live. To sum it all up, a quote by Tom Wolfe says, “Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.” So the real question is not “To be or not to be?”, but rather, “To love or not to love?”