The purpose of life is to be happy. Our time on the earth is limited, and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. So we must make the best use of our time. The best use of our time is by serving, and when we cannot serve, at least not to bring harm to others.
Human nature is inherently compassionate. Humans are unavoidably interdependent creatures. We collaborate because it makes life easier, and we can accomplish more fantastic things. We interact because we need to share responsibilites, we need to share living. Selfishness and egotism do not lead to happiness, but rather frustration. Having more, wanting more than we have, we can never be satisfied even if we obtain it. Even if my debt were erased now, even if I had enough money to retire, would I really be much happier? Probably not.
Why do I do what I do?
I have the talent to create art. I have the ability to make beautiful things. Humans have a need to be moved, to feel. I have the power to make people feel. My pictures mean little if I don’t share them. If I have a chance to entertain, a chance to make people feel, then I should take advantage of it. Hoarding pictures doesn’t help anyone. I can advance my skill through practice and study. From analyis and dedication I can improve my ability to communicate with others, to express the feelings I have inside, to affect others. In tems of my technique as well as presentation/distribution, I can receive more feedback, grow as an artist, and influence more people. To practice artfully I must know myself and to do that I must know others. For humans are the same, fundamentally in that we all want happiness and hope to avoid suffering.