This book is not a typical “how to” book. My chief desire is to stir thought, trouble sleep, and provide some wider perspective. It will not tell you how to find God, meet the perfect mate, or win friends and influence people. That is your job, not mine. It is a book that respects your powers to pass through all the trials of your life, that you are surrounded by distractions, and that you are undermined by fear and by powerfully repetitious history. It believes that for you to make your own way you will have to become more responsible that any of us really wishes to be. […] This book respects you, and asks that you do the same, and, together, we will come through this life with greater integrity and purpose.

James Hollis: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life