David Arinder, I’m so glad you asked! I’m starting to believe that attachment to specific hoped-for outcomes is the root of all suffering. I expanded on this section with a whole piece on “purpose” and how to define it in the absence of goals and outcomes. Short answer: yes! We are always inventing a “purpose” for ourselves! Check it out here: https://medium.com/the-ascent/why-the-frantic-search-what-you-want-is-right-in-front-of-you-17d88e96a5ea Here is a piece I did more specifically on how we often create our own suffering: https://psiloveyou.xyz/its-your-hangxiety-stupid-57223cc09b6c I hope these help you understand my perspective — I welcome further discussion!