Putting your life in context...

  • January 11, 2014 · 6:00 PM

Some of you know that I turn(ed) 50 this month, and with medicine making rapid strides, I fully expect this may be the halfway point in my life. And this seemed like a good time to reflect on my life and how I see it in relation to my peers, human history and the universe itself. But instead of my solitary navel gazing, I thought it would be infinitely more entertaining and illuminating to see how other Deep Thinkers see themselves, at whatever stage they are.

I suppose this might be called a variation on "The Meaning of Life," but I want to make it a bit more personal, introspective and interactive. In particular, I hope to get some truly honest assessments of how we think of ourselves in our own mind. Is our universe a very personal and intimate place? Or are we each just a carbon-based life form in an expanse of infinity that we can never comprehend? Or something else altogether?

Heady stuff? Of course, but that's why we're Deep Thinkers!

And here are a couple of articles to get your creative juices flowing:
http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2013/12/30/personal-meaning-2/
- and -
http://liveboldandbloom.com/08/life-coaching/how-to-instantly-put-your-life-and-problems-into-perspective

Please join me in some group therapy as I traverse this key inflection point in my life. Perhaps we can all learn a little about others, and a lot about ourselves.

Happy New Year, and I hope to see you at the Meetup!

Todd

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  • Stephen F.

    Wish I could have made it.
    As I look out at the night sky, marveling at the vastness of space and our position in it, my motto has become "in our insignificance we are significant." Our lot is so miniscule in comparison to the universe's size. Yet the conditions were just so to support humankind. If Earth were a few degrees off, we might not be having this conversation. Furthermore the universe is ambivalent to our existence as solar systems come and go continually.
    By being born, I won the lottery of life. I count myself fortunate to be able to draw breathe while perceiving this existence and question it if only for a short time.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • jane

    guys, these pre and post comments seem to go on ad nauseum....

    January 13, 2014

    • Vanessa

      Jane, there is a setting to limit the amount of pre and post comments. We are just giving our thanks to Todd for hosting the event. ;-)

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • jana

    Yes Todd, you did an extraordinary job of facilitating an exchange of both the personal & the philosophical amongst such a large group!

    3 · January 13, 2014

  • Vanessa

    My Dad and I came out of this topic really thinking about our own lives and our pursuit of happiness. Thank you Todd for hosting another great meet up! :)

    3 · January 13, 2014

  • Susan

    Excellent meet-up. Even for such a large group, we were all given the opportunity to speak and share our individual opinion. Well done, Todd!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I so wanted to join this discussion but had a family obligation that I could not walk away from. Hoping to be there next time.

    January 12, 2014

  • Todd K.

    Someone left a pair of tortoise-shell glasses at IHOP last night, so please let me know if they belong to you.

    January 12, 2014

  • jana

    would someone please tell me how you post the "Good to See You" thingies?

    January 12, 2014

    • Lisa M.

      Go to the comments section (I think where you are now). There is a list of people who RSVP'd YES with a red button that says "Good to see you" on the right side of the screen. Hit the button next to the people you want to say "Good to see you". I received a couple of them but somehow they got deleted so I can't respond back.

      January 12, 2014

  • Bethany S

    Now we can put last night's experience into the contexts of our lives! Thank you, Todd, for organizing the meetup and selecting such a thought provoking topic.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • liza

    gave meaning to my evening :-)

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Martha Alvarado M.

    Sorry, could not make it in time-not sure if late arrivals are ok.

    January 11, 2014

    • Todd K.

      Sorry we missed you, Martha, but know that late arrivals are perfectly okay. See you next time!

      January 12, 2014

  • Todd K.

    Tons of great insight!

    January 11, 2014

  • Christina

    Excellent!!!!!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Michele

    Loved the conversation and the people

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Doug N.

    It was great to be back after a long hiatus!!!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • liza

    Been sitting on 10 for a while, still quite ways away, looks like accident just happened. Not going to make it on time. But on my way.

    January 11, 2014

  • liza

    Been sitting on 10 for a while, still quite ways away, looks like accident just happened. Not going to make it on time.

    January 11, 2014

  • Veggiegurrl

    Todd, I'm so sorry that I am going to have to cancel tonight. I woke up with a terrible cold and am just not feeling up for a heady discussion. I'm disappointed and look forward to joining you all at a future event.

    January 11, 2014

  • Todd K.

    This film from my high school days has always remained in my memory, and shaped much of my perspective on my place in the universe - maybe you saw it, too?
    http://youtu.be/0fKBhvDjuy0

    And this website is really, really interesting:
    http://www.nikon.com/about/feelnikon/universcale/index.htm

    See you at IHOP!

    January 10, 2014

    • Alan

      We commonly squeeze ourselves down to size by comparing ourselves, or even our planet, with the entire galaxy, or the entire universe. Clearly when doing this, we shrink down to an apparently almost meaningless "microsize." BUT, this process only reduces our PHYSICAL significance--i.e., only our physical size becomes the criterion of significance. Equating physical significance with true significance is really only POETICAL, not real. It's an imagery metaphor. But our true significance might be something entirely different, in this physically immense universe, than our physical significance in terms of size! So, I MAY be totally insignificant (as my ex-girlfriend told me), but then again, I may NOT be!

      January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could make this one but I have to work... will see you on the flippity flip!

    January 11, 2014

  • wanderlens

    I'll jump in for the second half of the discussion.

    January 11, 2014

  • Ryan

    How long do these meets usually last? I have plans later in the evening but I definitely don't want to miss anything

    January 10, 2014

    • Christina

      Approximately 2 1/2 hours

      January 10, 2014

  • Brian

    nice topic, but sadly I have an event conflict...

    January 9, 2014

  • Marie

    A family obligation came up so I had to change my RSVP. But, I'm looking forward to meeting the group!

    January 9, 2014

  • wanderlens

    I really want to come to this, but have another event from 6-9 that I have to put in an appearance at in Santa Monica. Trying to figure out how I can do both.

    January 9, 2014

  • Todd K.

    Here's a terrific and thought-provoking article, courtesy of Deep Thinker Christina:
    "The Purpose and Meaning of My Life"
    http://fifty2ninety.com/purpose-meaning-life/

    I would encourage you to scan the comments, too. Fascinating!

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Birds of a feather...

    January 5, 2014

  • Judith N.

    Sadly I have to miss the meeting as I'll be in New York with family.
    The topic sounds wonderful.

    January 5, 2014

  • Christopher

    Do I honestly have to face my life? This is a little too heavy for me, guys. See you next time!

    1 · January 5, 2014

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