Who Is This For, & What's It All About?
Life throws Big Questions at us.
Who are you? Why are you here? What's your purpose? What's it all about? Where did you come from? Where are you going? What are you doing with your life? How should you live?
What the heck is going on?
That kind of stuff.
We're tasked with "answering" these questions, one way or another, whether we like it or not, whether we accept that task or not, whether it's conscious or not.
And that's no easy task.
And we're almost never prepared for it. It's like being thrown in the middle of a movie and missing the first half. We mostly have to make it up as we go along. We do the best we can.
And by "answering," we aren't talking about some merely intellectual exercise.
Our answers get expressed through the way we live life.
This is about the quest for real, solid, quality answers to those Big Questions.
Our approach here is different.
It's not about just "giving answers."
It's not about "flip to the back of the book, here's your answer, now off you go! Seeya!"
That doesn't work with this kind of stuff. Even if somebody "gives" you an answer, you still have to make it your own, at least if it's really going to work. (And obviously, different folks come up with different answers.)
Nobody can eat for you, sleep for you, drink for you, breathe for you, learn how to dance for you, take a bath for you, learn how to sing for you, learn how to play the tuba for you, etc.
Some things you truly have to do for yourself.
That includes answering "The Big Questions."
That said, that doesn't mean you're all alone in this.
Good tips, advice, insights, etc can make a world of difference. A huge difference.
Here, we're gathering the best of modern science, ancient wisdom, and everything in between to help with that. It's "where religion and science meet common sense."
Our approach here is no-nonsense, practical, see-for-yourself, no fluff/BS/hoo-ha.
So, this is a place for folks who are interested in certain things:
- "Figuring yourself out."
- "Improving yourself," "personal evolution," "life upgrades," etc.
- Spiritual awakening or “enlightenment” or whatever you might call it.
- Inner strength, growth, or transformation.
- Modern contemplative spirituality as applied to real life: where rubber meets road, face meets pavement, lofty ideas meet brutal reality.
- Relationships that aren’t total disasters.
- Mental clarity and emotional strength.
- Authentic, meaningful happiness - antifragile happiness, even.
- The “life well-lived.” No regrets on your deathbed, or in the existential locker room after the Big Game, or wherever the Big Life Review That Counts might happen.
None of this should sound too weird or far-out or la-la.
It's pretty simple, really.
These basic ideas have been around for thousands of years. Socrates, Aristotle and other folks used words like “Eudaimonia” (the good life), “arête” (excellence of life and character), and “phronesis” (practical wisdom) to describe it. It’s a basic, fundamental, crucial part of life, really. Just one that much of modern life tends to crowd out, forget about, and ignore.
What’s different is our approach to all this.
So, what’s our approach to all this?
Glad you asked.
Our approach is no-nonsense, practical, see-for-yourself, sane, open-yet-tough-minded, take-what-you-like-and-leave-the-rest, (mostly) dogma-free, and no fluff/BS/weird hoo-ha. We aim to build our house right smack in the middle of the intersection where religion and science meet common sense, and where they all share one common purpose: the search for truth.
And we look anywhere. From the most cutting-edge science to ancient wisdom. From mainstream to fringe. From high academia to gutter smarts. From the safe and near-obvious to the foaming-at-the-mouth crazy.
We don’t care, frankly. We’ll take it from anywhere.
Then we go to work, digging out the best nuggets of wisdom from the avalanche of information overload, then sorting the good stuff from the bull, gathering it here, and talking about it.
Who is this for?
Maybe you're new to all this stuff. Or maybe you’ve already been doing this, intensely, full-time, for decades. Or somewhere in between.
However long you've been interested in this - minutes or decades - this can potentially be useful. This is a headquarters and gathering-point for anybody who is interested in this stuff.
The magic happens when two folks will encounter each other, chat a little, maybe have a conversation. Sometimes it's an old-timer talking with a newbie. Other times it's the opposite. And as a result of that, one or both of them wind up with a life that has been changed for the better.
That’s the kind of thing we try cultivate here.
And who are we?
We’re a merry little band of seekers, misfits and adventurers on a mission: find the meaning of life or die trying.
We're the LiveReal Agents.
This website is a chronicle of our adventures, and a headquarters for folks who are doing the same.
More about our story here.
So how does this work?
We explore dangerous realms.
We start with questions about life and ourselves. (Big ones.) We dig up leads, and follow them wherever they may lead.
And they usually lead us into pretty interesting territories.
Modern spirituality, for example. And psychology. And modern relationships. Realms like that.
It’s the Wild West out there.
Especially nowadays. These are times of both great opportunity and great peril.
Our objective is to help there be more “opportunity” and less “peril.”
It’s a heck of an adventure.
So if this sounds like the kind of thing you’re into too…
Great to hear. You’re among friendlies here.
Ready to start exploring now?
Let’s get cracking.
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