What is our telos?

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According to Wikipedia,

Telos (/ˈtɛ.lɒs/Greek: τέλος, translit.téloslit. “end, ‘purpose’, or ‘goal”)[1] is a term used by philosopher Aristotle to refer to the full potential or inherent purpose or objective of a person or thing,[2] similar to the notion of an ‘end goal’ or ‘raison d’être‘. Moreover, it can be understood as the “supreme end of man’s endeavour”.[3]

So we can and should ask ourselves: What is the inherent purpose or chief end of my life?

If we don’t know, then we could be living our lives going in the wrong direction. What a tragic waste!

Here is a clue about our telos from the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

As the Book of Common Prayer advises, may we “Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.”

Keep safe.


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