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In search of purpose: How long is a piece of string?

"How long is a piece of string?".  This is a phrase that's normally used as a response to questions such as "How long does it take to be successful?" or "Why should I climb Mount Kinabalu?" - where the answers are not known or difficult to find.   

For example, if someone asked you "What is my purpose in life?", you would respond by saying "How long is a piece of string?" because you don't know the answer. 

In the famous Asch conformity experiment, it was shown that people had a tendency to "follow the crowd" even though it was wrong to do so.   Also known as herd mentality or group think, people tend to conform because 1) they want to fit in with the group (even if the group is wrong) or 2) they believe that the group somehow knows better (even though they know that the group is wrong). Wrong can be right.

So, how long is a piece of string? Of course, the logical answer is - a piece of string is twice as long as half of its length - if you know long it is in the first place. 

Confusing?  Searching for your purpose in life can be like trying to answer how long is a piece of string.  It's difficult and we end up following the crowd, even if the crowd is wrong. 



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