Life: problem or mystery?

Joseph Campbell circa 1982

Joseph Campbell circa 1982

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be experienced. (Joseph Campbell, or Søren Kierkegaard, or Friedrich Nietzsche, or someone else … and cited by John Lennon, M Scott Peck, and many others)

We often find ourselves in situations that look like problems needing to be solved. Or we can look at it the other way around: in times of trouble, we often find ourselves.

But then, as George Bernard Shaw so aptly put it, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. (Helen Keller)

Fill the hunger in your spirit by discovering the miracle and meaning that is lurking in every moment. This is the true joy of being alive. Celebrate the conspiracy of coincidences that are collaborating in the creation of your life’s calling. (Ian Lawton)

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