... is not that life doesn't orient itself towards ends. The problem is that an obsessive fixation on ends, and goals over processes, results in an anxiety over uncertainty and a fear that things will not turn out as we would like. Also, it ignores the fact that life doesn't stop moving - that the world is engaged in a constant process of becoming. Even when we reach a goal, there is more work to be done, more life to be lived. There is no "Happy Ever After" - and thank the gods for that!
Thanks to Mike Wesch for pointing me to this video, and for reminding me of the greatness of Alan Watts!