Several months ago I wrote down one question I heard on a podcast: What does it mean if function precedes essence? I haven’t been able to get the thought out of my head since then. Does the way something is (essence) determine what it’s used for (function/purpose)? Or does what it’s intended to be used for (function/purpose) determine how it is (essence)?
If function precedes essence, it changes a lot.
If function precedes essence, what is my function? If function precedes essence, HOW am I and WHO I am and WHAT I am are all meant for a specific purpose. The way I love, what I like, what I’m good at, what I’m not good at, the way I look, the family I come from, and what interests me are all meant for a specific purpose – my essence was created specially, after my function and purpose were determined.
Why are you the way you are? If function precedes essence… you are the way you are on purpose and for a specific reason. You are not a mistake.