Life Is Full of Mystery. Embrace It… It’s Not a Problem to Be Solved

What all the maps are missing.

Louise Schriewer
5 min readJan 13, 2021
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The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets. — Al McGuire // Coach

I was at a meeting with some of the smartest people I had ever met — a bunch of lawyers knowledgeable about Integral Theory (a meta-theory developed by Ken Wilber, who is often seen as one of the greatest philosophers of this century).

That’s when it occurred to me that our discussion was missing something. Our current conversation felt the same way a soup without any salt tasted.

We were talking about maps upon maps upon maps of understanding the world, ways of fitting it all together, theories upon theories. It was complex and getting ever more complex, a suitable task for members of a profession that thrived on the intellect.

But right now, it felt like the intellect wasn’t getting anywhere. It was running around in circles, like a dog chasing her own tail.

Perhaps we simply hadn’t thought about this hard enough? Clearly, more layers, more distinctions, more complexity was necessary. But as we added to the conversation, it didn’t resolve anything for me. The soup still was missing some salt. I just had no…



Louise Schriewer

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