“In one form or another, it’s the Big Question that paralyzes peoples’ futures, freezes their momentum and stalls their promise,” Cooke wrote. “It keeps millions of people from fulfilling their potential and making a difference with their lives.”
When we’re young and being educated, puzzles function as tools to prepare us for the tests of life. These are often taken very seriously. Doctors often come upon problems that are not easily addressed by consulting the manual. The same occurs for engineers, farmers, mechanics, teachers, artists and parents, to mention a few.
Life is full of problems, puzzles, riddles, questions and mysteries, but these play a big part in making life fun while distracting us from the monstrous inevitability of pain, suffering and nothingness.
According to Cooke, successful people in the past had discovered the power of focus and had lived their lives with intentionality and a clear sense of direction. In other words, they didn’t have cable. Is to pass the remote or not to pass the remote today’s Big Question?
How did two fathers and two sons eat three red herrings while each having one red herring to eat? Let’s see, we’ve got Lloyd Bridges and the Dude, Carl Reiner and Meathead, George Bush and the other Meathead. Just kidding, no one should be called Meathead, especially after directing “Princess Bride,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “A Few Good Men,” to mention a few.
Certainly, the daunting prospect of so many challenges can lead to anxiety and suffering, causing us to curse life’s obligatory paths. We often equate each unsolved riddle with failure even though some of these mysteries are impossible to deduce with the limited information and means at our disposal. And then usually, guilt is attached like a barnacle to our shortcomings when failure leads to some sort of hardship that we perceive as avoidable.