Most people’s answer to this question is an
Implied choice. They hold some answer to be true even though it isn’t ever stated out loud, possibly not stated to themselves either. Very rarely does this
Implied choice require defending.
For the sake of discussion, everyone seems to take it as an axiom that
Something Matters. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone attempt to push a perspective that is truly agnostic to any outcomes (what I call
True Perspective). Yet, I haven’t seen this axiom made explicit anywhere (though I probably haven’t looked hard enough).
If you have to actually defend the idea that
Something Matters, you are reminded that not everything will meet your criteria of “mattering”. This gives you an opportunity to raise (or lower) the bar for yourself to align more with your actual beliefs.
When your beliefs on what matters are better aligned with your actions, I suspect you live a life that you find more fulfilling, and prioritize your effort on those things that you believe really matter.