Chapter 13What Is the Meaning of Life?

One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has [his or her] own vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment, which demands fulfillment.

Viktor Frankl

From birth onward, we are all growing older, but are we also growing up, or maturing? Aging belongs to the body, and maturing belongs to the spirit. Aging requires nothing special from us; maturing requires a spiritual quest. Maturity is spiritual wisdom embodied.

We all long to grow in wisdom as well as in years, but unless we make conscious choices to do so, we may simply grow old. What keeps us from growing up? How is maturity gained?

This chapter will explore those questions and discuss the vital links between wisdom, ...

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