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RETHINKING WHO WE ARE, WHY WE LIVE

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What it really means to be human! What your own life is truly about! What gives your life meaning and enduring significance!

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RETHINKING WHO WE ARE, WHY WE LIVE

  1. 1. CREATIVE SELFHOOD Who We Are, Why We Exist Here’s a selection of provocative insights, intriguing perspectives, and practical wisdom brought together to expand ongoing public and global conversations about: What it really means to be human. What a person’s life is truly about.
  2. 2. Who We Are, Why We Exist “Count that day lost whose low descending sun Views from thy hand no worthy action done.” (Anonymous)
  3. 3. “Let each become all that he was created capable of being: expand, if possible, to his full growth; and show himself at length in his own shape and stature.” -Thomas Carlyle Who We Are, Why We Exist
  4. 4. Who We Are, Why We Exist “There is no one who can take our place. Each of us weaves a strand in the web of creation. What we have to contribute is both unique and irreplaceable. The entire world depends on our individual choices.” -Duane Elgine
  5. 5. Who We Are, Why We Exist “There is increasing scientific evidence that a man’s physical and psychological health are profoundly affected by the degree to which he has found meaning, direction, and purpose in his existence.” -Sidney M. Jourard
  6. 6. Who We Are, Why We Exist “Nothing useless is, or low; Each thing in its place is best; And what seems but idle show Strengthens and supports the rest.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. 7. Who We Are, Why We Exist “Each unit of nature has its special work to do and each performs its function to perfection in accordance with the laws of the universe. So also human beings, each has a distinct contribution to make. Be what you were intended to be. Give what you OUGHT to give.” -Douglas Malloch
  8. 8. “It is the greatest mistake to do nothing because you can only do little – Do what you can” -Sydney Smith Who We Are, Why We Exist
  9. 9. Who We Are, Why We Exist “Live for something, have a purpose And that purpose keep in view; Drifting like a helmless vessel, Thou cans’t ne’er to life be true.”
  10. 10. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? Probably, the Most Effective Antidote to: Depression Meaninglessness Hopelessness Despair Who We Are ,Why We Exist
  11. 11. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? Who We Are ,Why We Exist “Ever more people today [who] have the means to live, but not the meaning to live for.”
  12. 12. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? “The Forgotten Four-Fifths” who have neither the means to live, nor the meaning to live for. Who We Are ,Why We Exist
  13. 13. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? “Honored and well educated but without ever having experienced what it really means to be human.” Who We Are ,Why We Exist
  14. 14. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? Who We Are ,Why We Exist “The emptiness of having all you ever wanted, but knowing that it is not enough – that something is still missing.”
  15. 15. Why Creative Selfhood Matters “Hundreds of young people who have so much to live for [but decide to] take their own lives every year.” Who We Are ,Why We Exist
  16. 16. WHY CREATIVE SELFHOOD? “Most of us [who] go to our graves with our music still inside [unplayed, unheard].” Who We Are ,Why We Exist
  17. 17. CALL TO ACTION Who We Are ,Why We Exist Every human life has its What is your own?

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