A toolkit in the search for meaning

Landau touched on many topics, including arguments for both the meaningfulness and meaninglessness of life, the role of religion, and running up against the world’s imperfections.

By TERRANCE MINTNER
April 4, 2018 19:11
THE SCULPTURE ‘Le Penseur’ (The Thinker, 1903) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin is seen in the garde

THE SCULPTURE ‘Le Penseur’ (The Thinker, 1903) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin is seen in the garden of the Musée Rodin in Paris. (photo credit: PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS)

It is perhaps fitting to start a discussion on the meaning of life with a joke.

A traveler in search of wisdom learns that the wisest guru in all of India lives on top of a mighty mountain. He quickly locates it and starts to ascend its steep and craggy slopes. It’s a hard slog and by the time he reaches the summit, he is covered in cuts and bruises. There he spots the guru, who is sitting cross-legged in deep meditation.

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