~~Of The Meaning of Progress, W.E.B. DuBois
Upon reading this, I pictured someone standing in some grassy, river-filled vale in between faded blue-gray mountains in the countryside, trying to figure out what he has to offer this world; what his real/true purpose is.
I would not say that he should forget about finding a purpose and just live for himself; there is a way out of this spiritual roadblock. In this book of essays, the one after the essay from which I quoted is all about how men forsake themselves to a breathing death by just making the primary incentive of their motives to appease their sensuous impulses (money, pleasure, etc.). He should not try to completely shun his sensuous impulses, but instead direct them to work in harmony with the rest.....the whole of his being.
It is through culturing the mind by formal informal education that a person finds their self and their spiritual strength rises. Man should be working towards his ideal self, and helping others in their personal paths so that there is a
Of course, there's much more to be said upon this ideology, but basically, when the man in the countryside takes the time to learn about the vale, the rivers, forests and wildlife, the mountains, the world outside of this area and his relation to all of this, he'll find that he has a lot more to offer than he thought he did.