Finding Purpose and Meaning Despite Unfavorable Circumstances

“Believe me, circumstances are never favorable. We should not depend on them. What is important is what one feels, what one wants, what one knows. We have to live despite reality and even against it, without waiting for it to be conducive as do the deluded, or the cowards.” ― Fernando Savater

In his quote, Fernando Savater asserts that circumstances are never favorable and that we should not rely on them. This can be a difficult truth to accept, as we often want to believe that we have some control over our circumstances and that they will work out in our favor. However, Savater reminds us that this is not always the case and that we must learn to live despite the reality of our circumstances.

One way to do this is to focus on what we can control: our own feelings, desires, and knowledge. By focusing on these things, we can find meaning and purpose in our lives even when our circumstances are not ideal. This can be a powerful source of motivation and resilience, as we can draw strength from within ourselves rather than relying on external factors.

Savater also advises that we should not simply accept reality, but rather we should strive to live “against” it. This suggests that we should not be content to go along with the status quo, but rather we should strive to make positive changes in our lives and in the world around us. This can be a challenging task, as it requires us to confront adversity and overcome obstacles. However, by taking this approach, we can make a meaningful difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.

In short, Savater’s quote encourages us to be proactive and to take control of our lives, rather than simply accepting whatever circumstances come our way. By focusing on what we can control and striving to make positive changes, we can find meaning and purpose even in the face of difficult circumstances.

I highly recommend “Amador” by Fernando Savater for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships and the search for meaning in life. In this book, Savater tells the story of Amador, a young man who is struggling to find his place in the world and to make sense of his relationships with others. Through his engaging and thought-provoking writing, Savater offers insights into the human condition and the importance of connection and understanding in our lives. Whether you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of yourself or simply want to be challenged and inspired by new ideas, this book is a must-read.

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