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Making the Good Life Last by Michael Schuler

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ConclusionA Sustainable Code of the Soul

Consider the Spirit

As comprehensive as this discussion of sustainability and the good life has been thus far, one final piece deserves further elaboration. Already we’ve seen how crucial the four keys are to preserving the health and beauty of the planet, creating communities that thrive, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and producing deeper satisfaction at home and on the job. What remains is to address a need common to all human beings that could loosely be described as spiritual.

The Jesuit philosopher and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once declared, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” His comment suggests that failure to recognize ...

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