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Today’s Question by David C

Author: Paulo Coelho

After having read The Alchemist I concluded that one of the messages in the book was that what we are looking for is right in front of us. We just need to open our eyes and realize it. My question is:
Are you planning on another book where you suggest a way how people can come this realization a little closer? Or do you have a suggestion right now you would like to share?

Humans have always looked for a sense of purpose for their life. And there there are essentially three ways to achieve this: Art, science and religion. But if science and religion meet we will have problems. Spirituality has nothing to do with whether you believe in God or not: it is an approach to life. During the twentieth century we experienced the dictatorship of science, which tells us that the world consists only of scientifically provable things. Thus the amazement and suprise of experiencing our souls were lost to us. But there are also emotions, and emotions play a very large role in our world. Therefore, being part of the human condition, my inspiration come from my contact with other people.

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