“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Why are we here? What is our purpose? Did we humans appear on earth by accident or by design? Are we a part of some divine plan or, as some would suggest, the result of an ‘other-worldly’ experiment that somehow got out of hand?
Despite what scientists may say, I find it difficult to accept that humankind exists solely as the result of a huge cosmic accident that happened millions or possibly billions of years ago.
That said, what I can accept is each of us has been endowed with the ability to think for ourselves; to rationalise and to reason; to ask questions; to not just blindly accept what we are told by others, whether they be religious leaders, spiritual gurus or self-proclaimed prophets.
I believe each of us has the power to follow our own path — the power to search for our own meaning. Over the past 20 years, I’ve studied hundreds — possibly thousands — of books and articles about philosophy and human psychology. I’ve explored esoteric, spiritual and religious texts, in search of insight.
The insight I have gleaned has brought me back to this conclusion: Our innate ability to think and to reason are gifts not to be taken for granted. They are powerful gifts which enables us to search for our own personal meaning — whatever that meaning may be.