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The Car Mechanic

Imagine yourself sitting in the driver’s seat. You press down your foot on the gas pedal, turn the wheel, and check the rearview mirror; you shift into drive, switch on the windshield wipers, and change the radio station. You know very well how to operate the car. But, do you know how the car works? Do you know anything about the engine or battery?

You go to work, eat dinner at home, and read the newspaper. You talk to friends, learn about something interesting, and pay the bills. You know very well how to function both physically and emotionally. But, do you know why you’re here? Do you know what is the engine of your existence?

I know. You don’t have the time or energy to contemplate the meaning of life. You’re practical and down-to-earth. Let the philosophers and academics contemplate life.

Before you give up, go and ask the car mechanic what it’s like to drive. For him, driving is engaging and enjoyable; he understands what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. Go and learn to drive the car of life.

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