All that farting has made you hungry, huh? I feel I ought to comment on the idea of looking into yourself for answers. Sure, we have thing ego that believes that we can figure everything out sometimes. We don't like to think that we are wrong. But then again, who are we to be right. With the aforemention "8 billion people", though I think that numbers is only about 6 billion and some change, that is lot of egos farting in the wind (did it just get warmer in here?). We are all searching for the meaning of life. Perhaps there is more than just one meaning. That reminds me of a story Paul McCartney told one time about how The Beatles were in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and at one point the Maharishi was about to take a helicopter ride, but John wanted to go with him and hopped in and they took off. When John got back, he was asked why he wanted to ride in the helo with the Maharishi, and John's reply was "I thought he might slip me the Answer." I think one of the benefits of this forum is to explore with others the Answer, or perhaps Answers. Possibilities, really, for no one really knows what is beyond the grave (although NDEs are seemingly compelling). I guess what one should ask is what is the most compelling to me? Should I folow along with a pack of fish and hope it leads somewhere, or should I wander off on my own? What will bring the most satisfaction to my life? Should I live for my self, or in the benefit of others? Or both? But life is a series of either/ors. Everything we do is a choice. Is what I'm doing the best for me? Do I stay within the paradigm of my own path or should I try a different road this time? Am I willing to try something different or am I comfortable in the mundane? Should I go on my own instincts or should I follow a moral code? Do I view moral codes as restrictive or as an agent of change and discipline for the betterment of my life? I hope for everyone's sake here that you all are willing to explore all the possibilities. If you don't like one thing, try something else. If you don't have conviction about something, find it elsewhere, but have a belief in something, even if it is to have another soda. Don't be content to stay in the cubicle. If there is a God, I should think he would be happy is that whatever sect we happen to be in, right or wrong, that if we could learn to live with each other amicably and unselfishly, we'd be doing good. But then, that is the trick, isn't it? How do we all get along?