Imagine a group of highly intellectual gifted individuals gathering together.
You can say for one purpose.
To find the Truth.
But within that purpose, each is driven by selfish reasons.
Well, not everyone’s Truth is similar.
The group in this spiritual awakening journey was called The League.
They consisted of philosophers, artists, thinkers, writers and poets.
As The League ventured off to The Journey To The East, they slowly began to realize the importance of this man called Leo.
You can say Leo was like an advisor, a mentor, a guru, and a friend.
Leo’s title was that of a servant.
Despite his title, his good nature and calming presence resonated well with everyone. He left the atmosphere with potent sense of good omen. You can say this was an act of a true leader.
As expected in any course of life, The League hit an obstacle.
And with that, The League slowly started to crumble.
Some lost faith.
Accusations of missing items came about.
Some turned on each other.
The search for the Truth ended that day for some…
What did this mean?
Does this mean the Truth we search for isn’t out there?
I feel that this was one of the themes Hermann Hesse vividly illustrated for us readers.
But, I respectfully disagree.
Don’t get me wrong. There is a time to search within.
However, most of our answers are found outwardly. That doesn’t mean physically moving from place to place, even though it could be—traveling and gaining new perspectives in life. It could also mean grabbing a book from an author who devoted their life to a particular field. It could also mean reaching out to a new group of people who are years ahead of where we want to be through conferences and mentors.
In life, there are far and few between people with original thoughts and answers. Most of us aren’t those unique once in a life time people. I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way.
It’s okay that we aren’t. With time we can become pretty gifted in one avenue in life.
But for now we are students.
A student can learn from within, from our own errors. But the cost of that is time which is something we cannot gain back.
If we look at other people's errors and mistakes in life we save time. Reading and studying from the greats who reached the pinnacle of their careers can lead us closer to our end goal.
You can say the Truth is out there.