We all need them. These are lives we read about and study in books – those of history’s greatest thinkers. Lives we live directly alongside – those of our closest friends and neighbors. And lives we emulate and follow as students (or even disciples) – those of wise and compelling mentors.
An isolated life means nothing. We uncover purpose and fulfillment only as one life bumps up against another. Or as my way of life, my opinions and assumptions, my thoughts and theories, meet yours. If you’re life has no friction, if you aren’t thinking against anyone (and this doesn’t necessarily mean in an argumentative, disagreeing sort of way), my suggestion is to go find someone to bump up against.
(A slight word of caution: please be wary of trying this literally as I do not wish to be blamed for any harassment charges that may ensue.)