The Meaning of Life is Not 42

It’s 4.7

B. Lorraine Smith
6 min readAug 23, 2022

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When our vision was blurred, we believed in easy numbers to ease our collective angst. Then we adjusted our ability to sense, for more profound, life-giving possibilities to emerge.

Modern humans: literate on stuff, semi-literate on life

Back when we modern humans* were cosmically young and immature, toddling into the early stages of perceiving a world beyond industrial captivity, we mostly thought in integers. Whole, simple, easy-to-remember numbers gained ground as attractive “answers”.

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B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/