“I won’t tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world’s voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!” ― Oscar Wilde
The notion of living one’s own life “fully, entirely, completely” can be quite elusive if you fail to consider the larger context in which your life is set. Seen in self-centered terms, your life and the choices related to it may relate to simply satisfying your needs and wants. When viewed through the wider lens of altruism, your life and the choices related to it are inclined toward the needs and wants of the whole.
Whether one path is superior to the other I cannot say, but what I do know is that in approaching the matter simply from the standpoint of the temporal concerns of the world, even the most generous, unselfish and philanthropic person risks living a meaningless life if all he does is satisfies more of the world’s demands.
There is often a difference between needs and wants. What the world needs rarely squares with what the world wants. To live your own life “fully, entirely, completely” you must come to understand the difference between its needs and wants and serve it accordingly.