• Is there some meaning to this life?
    What purpose lies behind the strife?
    Whence do we come, where are we bound?
    These cold questions echo and resound
    through each day, each lonely night.
    We long to find the splendid light
    that will cast a revelatory beam
    upon the meaning of the human dream.
    Courage, love, friendship,
    compassion, and empathy
    lift us above the simple beasts
    and define humanity.

    Dean Koontz, “Strangers”