This thing's selling still about a million copies a month." And I think it's because spiritual emptiness is a universal disease.I think inside at some point, we put our heads down on the pillow and we go, "There's got to be more to life than this." Get up in the morning, go to work, come home and watch TV, go to bed, get up in the morning, go to work, come home, watch TV, go to bed, go to parties on weekends. I do believe what Chris said; I believe that you're not an accident.Believe me, there's a whole lot easier ways to make money.
And he was saying, "I'm no more responsible to take care of this environment than a duck is." Well now, I know a lot of times we act like ducks, but you're not a duck. The problem is most people never really think it through. codify it or qualify it or quantify it, and say, "This is what I believe in.
This is why I believe what I believe." I don't personally have enough faith to be an atheist. Your worldview, though, does determine everything else in your life, because it determines your decisions; it determines your relationships; it determines your level of confidence. What we believe, obviously — and you know this — determines our behavior, and our behavior determines what we become in life.
And when I, you know, made a bet, I happened to believe that Jesus was who he said he was.
And I believe in a pluralistic society, everybody's betting on something.
" I think that comes down to this issue of meaning, of significance, of purpose. There are secular kooks; there are smart kooks, dumb kooks.
I think it comes down to this issue of: "Why am I here? There are people — a lady came up to me the other day, and she had a white piece of paper — Michael, you'll like this one — and she said, "What do you see in it? When you write the best-selling book in the world, it's tons and tons of money.
" And I asked this guy, I said, "Well, do you believe that human beings are responsible to make the world a little bit better place for the next generation?
Do you think we have a stewardship here, to take the environment seriously? " I said, "Let me make this clear again: Do you believe that as human beings — I'm not talking about religion — do you believe that as human beings, it is our responsibility to take care of this planet, and make it just a little bit better for the next generation? Not any more than any other species." When he said the word "species," he was revealing his worldview. And so, you need to understand what your worldview is.
I left late today — I'd hoped to be here yesterday — because my father-in-law is in his last, probably, 48 hours before he dies of cancer.
And I'm watching a guy who's lived his life — he's now in his mid-80s — and he's dying with peace.
" I meet a lot of people who are very smart, and say, "But why can't I figure out my problems? I wanted to tell Michael before he spoke that I really appreciate what he does, because it makes my life work a whole lot easier. And I have learned that there are kooks in every area of life.