This book starts with the story of the author’s daughter tragically passing away at age 19. I read this book years ago, and remember being inspired by his connecting several commonsense strands in the context of our how we find, and nurture, purpose in our lives.
To reduce the concept of purpose to its simplest elements, I suggest thinking of it as a higher-order goal that has deep value.
Mark Twain once said that a “man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Nietzsche’s influence on Kubrick is apparent in an interview conducted the same year as 2001: A Space Odyssey was released: “The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”
In his beautiful book The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho writes about the importance of comprehending our “personal legend,” which he defines as “the path we decide to take that fills our heart with enthusiasm. It is the path of our dreams.”