The Meaning of Life – Thomas Morris

atkins-bookshelf-quotations“We are here to attempt to give more to this life than we take from it, a task that, if undertaken properly, is impossible. The more we give, the more we get. But that’s the point.

We are here to discover, develop and cultivate, in loving stewardship of our world, our neighbors and ourselves. Each of us is intended to grow and flourish within the power of our talents on every dimension of worldly existence: the Intellectual, the Aesthetic and the Moral — the great I AM — in such a way as to find our place in the overarching realm of the Spiritual, the ultimate context of it all.

There is more to life than meets the eye. Much is required. But more is offered. We are participants in a grand enterprise, not called upon to consume with endless desire, but rather to care and create in such a way as to free the spirit of this vast creation to love and glorify its creator forever.

Why? Because it is good. And that’s good enough for me.”

Thomas Morris, former professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and founder of the Morris Institute for Human Values, as quoted in More Reflections on the Meaning of Life edited by David Friend, Little Brown (1992)

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