Myriad pursuits of life can be reduced to three.
One is the pursuit of pushing death away as far as possible. I cannot accept the death of myself because I think that death will bring an end to my existence. My resistance to death is simply my dislike for my non-existence.
Another pursuit is pursuit of knowledge. I do not like ignorance. I cannot stand being stupid. I love being wise and therefore I love knowledge. I spend enormous amount of time in getting knowledge and being informed.
Third universal human pursuit is pursuit of happiness. Not only I want to live forever, I want to be happy every moment of my life.
These three pursuits of life are: सत् चित आनंद! (Existence, consciousness, happiness- bliss). And that is what we are!
Swami Viditatmanandji – Kaivalyopanisad