Millions all around us are living the tragedy of meaningless life, the “life” of spiritual death. That is what makes our society most radically different from every society in history: not that it can fly to the moon, enfranchise more voters, have the grossest national product, conquer disease, or even blow up the entire planet, but that it does not know why it exists.
–Peter Kreeft, Heaven: The Heart’s Deepest Longing
I think this is exactly right, especially in the segments of society that have taken great pains to unmoor themselves from America’s Christian roots. I’m currently working on a consulting project that puts me in touch with a lot of the big secular self-help authors and their ideas. And what I see frequently are very sincere, well-meaning people who are often just…flailing.
They’re trying to lead people to some vague sense of happiness through the self, through introspection ad nauseaum and asking what you think and what you want and who you are, and it just always falls flat. At best this sort of advice leads to a fleeting, surface-level happiness; at worst it’s a total waste of time. It’s been interesting to me to see how even these people, many of whom are quite brilliant and putting forth their best efforts, simply cannot lead people to happiness — and certainly not to peace — without a higher purpose that comes from something outside of us, without God.
Anyway, I promised myself I was getting offline for the night about 30 minutes ago, so enough from me. What do you think?
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