George Mallory was a British mountaineer who died in 1924 while attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest. In a world that perpetually seeks or assumes specificity and certitude, his answer is delightfully simple and honest.

I always enjoy why-less-ness — the things that just are — because they force what composer John Cage described as, “a sense of at-one-ness with whatever.” It doesn’t mean that you ought to rid your world of questions, nor does it mean you should be pre-disposed to accept all reason that comes your way. Quite differently, I believe it gives meaning to something D.T. Suzuki said to his class on Zen Buddhism at Columbia University:

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