I might be considered a crackpot for asking this question, so please don't make jokes out my question. I simply don't understand why people run after success, be it success in their professional lives, personal lives or spiritual concerns. Why do humans want to exist? What is the point in living? What difference does it make if at this very moment, all of human civilisation drops dead? We're only a speck of dust in the grand scheme of things and the universe will continue on its course without us, and even if it doesn't, what difference does it make? Why bother with ethics and all that stuff? Why do we want to exist? If it were me, I'd argue that I have strong social ties and fear of physical pain, which bars me from wanting to die. If those were taken away, I'd be afraid of the afterlife (if there is such a thing), but otherwise I don't see any reason to exist. Life seems pointless, to be honest. Doing what others do - get a degree, get a job, marry, have kids, grow old and then die - for the sake of acceptance into society and the pursuit of pleasure when all this gets us to nothing in the end.