This one is for the young kids out there who are smart enough to realize there's more to life than working 40 hours a week for a paycheck but dumb enough to get suckered into the eat-pray-love naked beach yoga routine. There are three ways to really understand what it means to be human - to understand yourself, your family, your race, your society, the meaning of life in this world, etc... 1. Live That's it. Just live. Go about your day. Go pick up a few grimy hookers on craigslist. Go backpacking in the Blue Ridge mountains for a few weeks and get chased by a few black bears. Make your first online sale. Turn it into a multi million dollar business. Achieve all the money, respect and wealth you ever wanted. Fall in love. Raise a family. Catch your best friend fucking your wife. Powerlessly watch your sister slowly succumb to a crippling heroin addiction. Get (or give) a few blowjobs at the truckstop glory hole at 2 am in the morning. Just.do.you. After about 70, 80, 100 years of that you'll have a pretty good grip on what it means to be a human being. You'll have seen enough to figure out the ebb and flow of life. 2. Drugs And I'm not talking about a dime bag of weed every other week or the crack habit you keep hiding from your boss - I mean heavy, powerful, psychedelics. I'm talking about 1/4 of shrooms at sunrise on the beach with a reliable sitter that will prevent you from doing anything too stupid. Yes, it may come as a surprise to some, but a casual chat or two with the oak tree god about the social intricacies of fairy-unicorn dynamics can have a lasting effect on your world view: https://www.livescience.com/16287-mushrooms-alter-personality-long-term.html More importantly, they can make you realize how much we hold near and dear to our hearts is completely meaningless, insignificant bullshit and how such attachments stop us from experiencing the miracle that is our life. Warning: Results may vary! 3. Isolated Contemplation Aka meditation, prayer, silent retreat, reflection. Simply sit with yourself alone and seek the truth. You don't need a fancy pillow on your ass. You don't need to find just the perfect moment when the whole universe aligns. You just need to stop for a moment and for once, listen. That is all.