Comments on: What’s the Meaning of Life? A Response, Part 1 http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/ Spiritual & Personal Growth Sun, 07 May 2006 10:52:28 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0 by: Marty Nemko http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-37 Sat, 25 Feb 2006 22:55:21 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-37 Dear Brendan, I am honored that my article is a trigger for your exploration of the meaning of life. I do believe that issue is something we all should spend more time contemplating. Here are a couple of reactions. I am an atheist, believing that man created the concept of God to deal with life's pain and the fear of death. That seems to me a far more likely explanation for people's belief in God than that there really is a God. If there really was a God worth having faith in, would he give man free will to commit Holocausts? Would he allow millions of innocent babies to be born with painful diseases, who often die soon after, leaving bereft parents? Either God is mean, impotent to stop such horrific things, or most likely, doesn't exist. Onto another issue. The people willing to spend the money on me are disproportionately a combination of well-off financially and/or a below-average worker. Otherwise, they likely could have found a job without me. Thus, if I help, for example, an accountant, to get an accounting job, I dobelieve, there's a better than 50/50 chance, I've made the world a worse place. In teaching my clients the strategies needed to maximize their chances of getting a job, I am often dressing a wolf in sheep's clothing--manipulating an employer into hiring a worse accountant than he would had my client not learned all the self-packaging/marketing techniques I teach him. There's only a need for so many accountants. So, if I get this guy a job, there's another, perhaps more worthy accountant who is now unemployed. Sure, it MIGHT be for the best, but, on average, it won't be. Finally, yes I do my work out of guilt and obligation to society If I didn't have those motivators, I'd play all day. Wishing you all the best, Marty Nemko Dear Brendan,

I am honored that my article is a trigger for your exploration of the meaning of life.

I do believe that issue is something we all should spend more time contemplating.

Here are a couple of reactions.

I am an atheist, believing that man created the concept of God to deal with life’s pain and the fear of death. That seems to me a far more likely explanation for people’s belief in God than that there really is a God. If there really was a God worth having faith in, would he give man free will to commit Holocausts? Would he allow millions of innocent babies to be born with painful diseases, who often die soon after, leaving bereft parents? Either God is mean, impotent to stop such horrific things, or most likely, doesn’t exist.

Onto another issue. The people willing to spend the money on me are disproportionately a combination of well-off financially and/or a below-average worker. Otherwise, they likely could have found a job without me. Thus, if I help, for example, an accountant, to get an accounting job, I dobelieve, there’s a better than 50/50 chance, I’ve made the world a worse place. In teaching my clients the strategies needed to maximize their chances of getting a job, I am often dressing a wolf in sheep’s clothing–manipulating an employer into hiring a worse accountant than he would had my client not learned all the self-packaging/marketing techniques I teach him. There’s only a need for so many accountants. So, if I get this guy a job, there’s another, perhaps more worthy accountant who is now unemployed. Sure, it MIGHT be for the best, but, on average, it won’t be.

Finally, yes I do my work out of guilt and obligation to society If I didn’t have those motivators, I’d play all day.

Wishing you all the best,

Marty Nemko

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by: What’s the Meaning of Life? A Response, Part 3 at Brendan McPhillips.com http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-35 Sat, 25 Feb 2006 20:28:01 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-35 [...] Marty Nemko, a career coach, author and radio talk-show host in the San Francisco area, who has very practical career and educational advice that I highly recommend, wrote a very personal article titled “What the Hell is the Meaning of Life”. This article is the third (here is the first) of a seven part series in response to Marty’s question. In this article I’ll address the issue of work, and noble work, from a spiritual perspective. Marty wrote, “Then I tried noble work—teaching in the inner-city. But the problems those kids faced were so big, so multi-dimensional, that despite my trying hard, very hard, I felt I wasn’t making much difference.” [...] […] Marty Nemko, a career coach, author and radio talk-show host in the San Francisco area, who has very practical career and educational advice that I highly recommend, wrote a very personal article titled “What the Hell is the Meaning of Life”. This article is the third (here is the first) of a seven part series in response to Marty’s question. In this article I’ll address the issue of work, and noble work, from a spiritual perspective. Marty wrote, “Then I tried noble work—teaching in the inner-city. But the problems those kids faced were so big, so multi-dimensional, that despite my trying hard, very hard, I felt I wasn’t making much difference.” […]

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by: What’s the Meaning of Life? A Response, Part 2 at Brendan McPhillips.com http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-30 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 01:57:51 +0000 http://brendanmcphillips.com/whats-the-meaning-of-life-a-response-part-1/#comment-30 [...] Marty Nemko, a career coach, author and radio talk-show host in the San Francisco area, who has very practical career and educational advice that I highly recommend, wrote a very personal article titled “What the Hell is the Meaning of Life”. This article is the second (here is the first) of a seven part series in response to Marty’s question. In this article I’ll address the issue of money from a spiritual perspective. Marty wrote, “When I was a teenager, I thought money was the answer. So, I took after-school jobs, and tried to buy my way into contentment: clothes, nice car. That didn’t do it.” [...] […] Marty Nemko, a career coach, author and radio talk-show host in the San Francisco area, who has very practical career and educational advice that I highly recommend, wrote a very personal article titled “What the Hell is the Meaning of Life”. This article is the second (here is the first) of a seven part series in response to Marty’s question. In this article I’ll address the issue of money from a spiritual perspective. Marty wrote, “When I was a teenager, I thought money was the answer. So, I took after-school jobs, and tried to buy my way into contentment: clothes, nice car. That didn’t do it.” […]

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