and the alternative is to do nothing and wait for the next lifetime? You have to do something, why not just make the best choice one can and see if it works out? if it doesn't work, change, as most people do in their lifetimes. There is no other way to live, because doing nothing is still doing something. most people are not paralyzed, so for most people this does not apply. Probably because most mistakes are simply not fatal. Humans are so damn resilient, i am not sure why their souls wouldn't be able to make up for following false trails now and then. unfortunately, people have been tasked with the job of making the earth a meaningful place to live, whether by default, due to our ability, or by design. That doesn't mean there is, or is not, inherent meaning, but i do think we are supposed to either find the inherent meaning or create it, whichever the case is. Saying, "this place is meaningless, so that is it", is denying that responsibility. If it is meaningless then we have to make it meaningful, and not just wait for the universe to be something it isn't. i find fault with a few of the premises above, and i don't see it that way. i think it can be done in a way which is not abusive. And of course there is the alternative which is to never offer any ideas to anyone. But I think the key word is "preaching". Maybe preaching is impossible to do correctly, but i don't really know about that, and it was never my thing anyway, so i prefer to leave that question up to the preachers.