In many ways —ways we may not even realize — we are becoming wall-builders ourselves. True belonging doesn’t exist in groups. It lives in moments among individuals. And it is a choice — we can choose to invite others to belong or to reject them
Some ten years after the first meeting of the Junto, Franklin wrote, “The noblest question in the world is, ‘What good may I do in it?’” More than three hundred years later, the importance of this question is undiminished. Answering it is the work of a lifetime, yet we can begin modestly, as Franklin did.
We might not all know what our purpose in life is, but we are all storytellers. The challenge to writing our story is that our lives don’t follow a neat arc. Our identities and experiences are constantly shifting.
All across the country, Americans are building ‘cultures of meaning’ that bring people together, keep them engaged, and help them contribute to their communities.
“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
On why storytelling is an unexpected but important source of meaning in life, why we should embrace sadness, and whether you need to be religious to find fulfillment.
Merton had an interesting journey to monasticism, and his story sheds light on why contemplation and meditation are essential for a meaningful life, and for true freedom.
In the late 19th century, a fight broke out between the Hatfields and McCoys along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia. The dispute, which originated in part over a pig, grew into a bloody conflict over each family’s honor, with many murders over several decades.
Most people would think of John Irving as a gifted wordsmith. But Mr. Irving has severe dyslexia, was a C-minus English student in high school and scored 475 out of 800 on the SAT verbal test. How, then, did he have such a remarkably successful career as a writer?
New research shows that humans’ morality, unique in the animal kingdom, is a consequence of our tendency to collaborate and cooperate in ways that other great apes do not.