Corridor of Life
President, International Network on Personal Meaning
Coquitlam, B.C., Canada
"It is a festival, a celebration," exclaimed
Teresa, Coordinator of Volunteers, at the end of the Meaning Conference.
In deed, the Conference was a festival of meaning,
a celebration of life, very much as the late Dr. Joe Fabry and I
had envisioned during my last visit to Joe at his Berkeley home.
The inclusion of life music, art exhibits, luncheons,
and various informal gatherings has added up to a very positive
experience for attendees. I think we have finally found our voice
in the crowded world of conferences. It is a voice of hope, compassion
Because of the conference, I have been interviewed
by a number of reporters. One of the most frequently asked questions
is regarding the nature and purpose of our conference.
My last interview was with a reporter from Santa
Barbara, and he questioned me for an hour about the conference,
the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and my vision.
These interviews have forced me to articulate
my vision in simple and graphic terms. The metaphor of a corridor
of life seems to fit the bill.
Imagine a corridor of life through different
types of toxic cultures, which threaten human existence. "This threat
is no less than global warming," I told the reporter from Santa
On one end of the spectrum, we witness unbridled
greed, materialism and debauchery. In their cutthroat competition
to gain the whole world, many have lost their souls.
On the other end of the spectrum, we see various
sorts of extreme, oppressive fundamentalism. In submitting to authoritarian
control for a false sense of security, many have lost their identities.
Enter the corridor of life! It is meant to a
safe haven, where hurting people can find hope and meaning. Hope
is the oxygen of life, whereas meaning provides the reason for living.
It is also meant to be a passageway for all
those who weary and lost, and those who just need a rest on their
quest for meaning and spiritual fulfillment.
More importantly, the corridor serves as a base,
from which we function as the light and salt in transforming the
toxic cultures around us.
The corridor of life connects people, who share
an existential orientation, who care about what really matters in
human existence - freedom, responsibility, justice, meaning, authenticity,
peace, and spirituality.
Through strategic alliances with other organizations,
networking with concerned individuals around the world, we try to
create an alternative, healthy, positive culture through our website,
publications and conferences.
This vision of a corridor of life can become
a reality, only when people realize the danger of toxic cultures.