Life is a Mystery

atkins-bookshelf-quotationsAs soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life. But life has no meaning; it cannot have meaning because meaning is a formula; meaning is something that makes sense to the mind. Every time you make sense out of reality, you bump into something that destroys the sense you made. Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.

From Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality (1992) by Anthony De Mello (1931-1987), Jesuit priest,  psychotherapist, and spiritual guru. De Mello was a prolific writer and popular public speaker, known for his incisiveness and witty sense of humor.

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