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Letter: Thoreau understood true meaning of life

Thoreau understood true meaning of life

I really enjoyed reading Burt Siemens’ Sept. 2 My View account of watching his granddaughter take her first steps because I, too, recently had that same joyful experience. Siemens described that event within the context of the search for life’s meaning, and opined that maybe meaning can be found in the ordinary.

That observation suggests that perhaps the quest for meaning does not lie in finding the answer to the meaning of life, but instead in savoring those moments that provide meaning to life and meaning in life.

For me, the clue to meaning will not be found in a shelf of books, but in the following five words written by Henry David Thoreau: “Being is the great explainer.”

Jim Schwinger

Hamburg