The Meaning of Life

Some philosophers, Plato being one of them, praise the sense of wonder and call it the sense of wisdom, at least the beginning of wisdom. I differ from them. It is not enough to wonder at the multiplicity, complexity and infinity of the world; it is a non-creative feeling.

Some think the world is beautiful. The spring and autumn; the dawn and the dusk; the clouds and sunshine; the rainbow and the sunlight can be a source of delight if you enjoy in detachment and, like Faust, do not expect any incident and event to stay for your amusement.

But we are not here simply to enjoy the beauty of the world. A little reflection shows that all beauty has its source, not in the external objects, but in the Self.

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This article is from the Autumn 2019 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.