At some point in our journey from cradle to grave, we all ponder the meaning of life. This seems to be—insofar as we can know such things— a uniquely human trait. Presumably, the other animals we share the planet with don’t feel they have a need to know. Hard to say who are the lucky ones.
These essays chronicle my encounters with the natural and unnatural world along the way to a different understanding of what it all means. I don’t have any new answers, just more questions. Maybe God doesn’t have a plan, but I do believe there is a process that was set in motion at the point of creation, a process that will inevitably lead to a result, a result that we can influence through our individual and collective actions.
As I re-read these essays, one thing that came through was the joy to be found in the small things in life, be it sitting in the backyard watching the birds, or playing with blocks, or feeling the bite of a wintry wind against my cheek. I like to think I share that much in common with my fellow animals—an appreciation of the now.
If I were to hope for one thing a reader might take away after reading these essays, it would be a greater appreciation of the mystery that permeates everything around us. From the flight of a bird to the subatomic particles dancing all around us and within us, nothing is as simple or as obvious as it seems. To me, that sense of how little we truly understand about everything is the first step towards understanding anything.
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About the Author
G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. He was raised on a steady diet of family, politics, and the Red Sox. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Vietnam in the 1st Infantry Division. He worked in as a radio operator and had the opportunity to serve in many varied locations including a battalion night defensive position, a special forces camp, and an indeterminate piece of real estate populated by scorpions and Montagnards. He then worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. Since then he has done a stint in retail and now works in elections. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hotline listener and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in a small city just far enough from Washington DC to be somewhere else. Visit the author’s blog at: http://www.windroot.blogspot.com/