The Single-Most Important Question Any Human Being Can Ask
(an excerpt from a talk given by Vernon Howard)
“Am I willing as a human being here on this earth to understand that I’m living in unconscious self-conceit, and do I want to go above that?
Now there it is! You don’t have to complicate it. I’ll say it again in another way.
The single-most important question any human being on earth can ask themselves on earth is as follows: Will I have the courage to face my life as it is. To see how I defend, how I lie, how vain I am; will I have the courage to see that that is my state and then go beyond it?
If you do, you will have accomplished the purpose of life. You will be one of the nine or ten who followed the man out into the ocean where they found the pearls.
I am telling you, and I’ll say it once more and then we’ll have a break. The single-most important question any human being can be asked is: Can I pause right where I am in the midst of all my money or no money, of all my friends, or no friends, of all my sex life, or no sex life, can I stop right in the middle of that and see my actual condition and then explore according to the principles of Truth, explore to see if I can change.
And I will tell you right now, the answer is yes. That’s the answer of God Himself who says any human being who is tired of trading little brittle shells and going along with the crowd. (Sighs) What are you doing with your life that you are rejecting the one chance you have to be something different?”