Wednesday May 22, 2024

The Search for Meaning with Simon Drew | Living the Questions

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Simon Drew from the Walled Garden Philosophical Society. As many of you know, Simon is a friend, poet, musician, philosopher, and someone deeply interested in life’s questions. Today’s episode concludes the series “Living the Questions” (You can catch up on the previous five volumes here: I, II, III, IV, & V). Throughout this series, Simon and I have explored several perennial questions and attempted to follow the poet Ranier Maria Rilke’s advice to “Live the questions for now. Perhaps then, without even noticing it, you will gradually come, on some far-off day, to live your way into the answer.” In our final conversation in this series, Simon and I explore the question: “What is the meaning of life?” We discuss the importance of finding meaning in everyday life. We explore the themes of interdependence and interconnectedness, maturity and wisdom, aligning oneself with what truly matters, the role of hardships, and much more.


Key Takeaways:

  • Finding meaning in everyday actions and relationships, such as being a loving spouse and parent, can bring a sense of purpose.

  • Discernment and clarity are essential in identifying what matters most and creating meaning in our lives.

  • Finding meaning amid suffering can be a challenge, but holding onto hope and resilience is crucial.


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