On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life

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The letter printed at the beginning of this book was sent, in the summer of 1931, to a hundred or more of the brighter luminaries in contemporary life and thought. In each case the letter was accompanied by a request for permission to publish the reply. A considerable number of the addressed begged to be excused from answering, lest they incriminate themselves; public officials in particular were reluctant to speak frankly on so delicate a question, since their tenure of office depended (in some slight measure) on the goodwill of the uninformed. I can readily forgive them; I confess that my letter involved too intimate a scrutiny of private opinions for public lives; and I know the heavy price which must be paid in amiable hypocrisy . . .

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