Looking For Answers according to Dr. Mardy

If there is one statement that can be safely made about all human beings — present as well as past — it is that a good portion of their lives has been devoted to looking for answers to the fundamental questions of human existence.

These questions have been broadly similar for many millennia — and one of their defining characteristics are that they are among the most difficult to answer. They include: “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is the purpose of my existence?”

Like you, people have wrestled with such questions for many decades, and I’m happy to report that I’ve arrived at some answers that have worked pretty well for me. But I would never be so arrogant as to suggest that I’ve arrived at “the” answers.

Indeed, what Kahlil Gibran said about truth describes exactly how one feels about my answers:

“Say not, ‘I have found the truth’, but rather, ‘I have found a truth’.”

This week, you might want to spend some time thinking about your search for answers in that great Book of Life. And as you do, let your thinking be stimulated by this week’s selection of quotations on the theme:

“The trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.”

Ruth Benedict

“Folly always knows the answer.”

Mason Cooley

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”

Bob Dylan

“A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

Zora Neale Hurston

“Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.”

Learned Hand

“Most people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. They want answers that are, in effect, escapes.”

Louis Kronenberger

“Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul When hot for certainties in this our life!”

George Meredith

“Teachers who offer you the ultimate answers do not possess the ultimate answers, for if they did, they would know that the ultimate answers cannot be given, they can only be received.” Tom Robbins

“The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.”

Susan Sontag

“An answer is invariably the parent of a great family of new questions.”

John Steinbeck

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