Having audaciously declared my free agency in an impossible universe, I am not so conceited to think that I can navigate the mystery all alone.
Surely there is something true and useful to learn from billions of experienced souls, past and present.
And so, armed with a humble curiosity, I spent decades seeking knowledge and wisdom from every source I could find… sacred and secular… conservative and liberal… male and female… ancient and contemporary… popular and not.
I devoured the library, surveyed the mainstream religions, absorbed the sciences hard and soft, and ventured to foreign lands.
Along the way, I made four empowering discoveries:
First, most humans are profoundly perplexed about the meaning of life.
Second, there is no consensus on why we are here.
Third, nobody else, no matter how clever or wise, can tell me the meaning of my life.
Fourth, there are some rare and precious souls… both famous and obscure… with the conviction and courage to say and do what others are afraid to say and do. They are the real prophets… those who illuminate the meaning of life not by their professions but by their exemplary actions.