"We live in a world without a mission.
The meaning of our humanity has thus in a way been forgotten: We have abandoned the quest for self-realization, the quest for the true self and the quest for the true path. Instead, we have taken to chasing ghosts, wasting ourselves in pursuit of phantoms that offer no satisfaction. And so we have grown accustomed to thinking of our potential only in the abstract, as some vague notion of "success." But we never stop to ask ourselves what success really means, what it really means to each of us as individuals to live and to live well.
And so in the midst of all this, we find ourselves distracted, fragmented; we find ourselves torn in a thousand directions, with no north star to guide us out of the chaos. Then, when we go looking for salvation, we're offered some cheap cliché in the place of truth and wisdom: "You can have it all!" But such clichés ring somehow hollow. They may sound pleasant in the beginning, but they fail to satisfy in the long term; they all fall short.
Perhaps we have been misled...
Perhaps living well is not about "success" at all; perhaps living well is about finding a mission, and a meaning great enough to make it all worthwhile. Because we cannot always get what we want: Life ends in pain, and war, and death- for all of us. We can ignore the truth, but we cannot escape it. Yet, in spite of all this, we can find it within ourselves to live heroically.
And when we accomplish this, when we learn to live heroically in spite of our trials and tribulations, then the path ahead becomes clear. This is what self-realization is all about, after all: discovering that what is within is greater than what is in the world, and learning how to master that power in service to something greater and more meaningful than mere material gain. We must learn to live beyond ourselves. For without self-realization, there is no freedom, just a long line of hollow self-deception; with self-realization, however, nothing much lies beyond our reach."