Birthday Wish

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..We are born for meaning, not pleasure, unless it is pleasure that is steeped in meaning. And we are born as well for suffering, not the suffering that leads to madness but the suffering that leads to joy: the struggle with ourselves and our illusions. We are born to overcome ourselves, and through that overcoming to find an inner condition of great harmony and being. We are born for that—we are not yet that. We are searchers; that is the essence of our present humanness...
...And in love we have the possibility and the need to help each other search.
— Jacob Needleman, A Little Book on Love

Here's to another year of meaningful suffering and joy. May we all embrace the possibility and the need to help each other search...