As free, self-aware individuals living in a complex society, we need the knowledge to ensure that our choices are autonomous, intelligent, sustainable and that they have value.
If we spend too much time arguing over political and religious preferences we take time away from using the tools and resources we already have to fix many of the biggest problems currently facing us and our planet. We need to find ways to pool our strengths to focus on our common problems rather than allow our weaknesses to create greater problems for us.
To be free, and live a life that is self-determined a person needs to be brave and self-aware enough to distinguish between what is real and when we are being manipulated by others or by ourselves.
Avoiding manipulation requires an understanding of, a desire for, and acceptance of facts, regardless of bias, preference or allegiance.
A basic fact that we can start with is that we do exist. As Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.”
Is knowing we exist enough? Understanding and constantly re-examining our lives, striving for truth and to become the best versions of ourselves is what Socrates believed makes life worth living.
Acceptance of the truth we find in examining our lives leads to purpose.
Identifying, accepting and following our purpose brings meaning into our lives.
Finding meaning is a part of the process of transitioning from who we are into whom we have the possibility of becoming.
The process of becoming should never end. As individuals and as a society, we should be continually striving to become the freest, best versions of ourselves.
We find the greatest meaning by accepting whom we are, using what we have and maximizing our potential while striving for freedom.
For us to achieve enlightenment and be free from the influence and oppression of others and free from our own bias and history, we must love ourselves enough to make the effort it takes to obtain self-examined awareness.
Freedom does not exist in a vacuum, so, it is impossible for us to be truly free when we see other people we care about being deceived or deceiving themselves.
Loving ourselves and our own freedom to be self-aware individuals requires us to love those we care about enough to help them discover freedom for themselves as well.
When we allow love, virtue and selflessness to be the navigators on our journey through life, the road often leads to a place of unimaginable beauty and fulfilment.
The miracle of our existence is revealed once we have reached the point of becoming truly aware of who we are and what our purpose in life is, and of the gifts that we have to share with others and with the world.
Of all the gifts we have to give to ourselves, to each other and to the world, love is the greatest.
Love is a conscious pathway of enlightenment and connectivity that we travel, along which we find strength, respect, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, inspiration and empathy.
Love is All We Need to Know to free our world from lies, fear, revenge, greed and tyranny.