Another year has gone by and I don’t feel I’ve accomplished anything. I live in the same city I was born in, and the surroundings never change. I feel like I’m just existing in a blasé purposeless life. Why am I here?
From Montclair, New Jersey
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You shouldn’t feel you haven’t accomplished anything. At the very least, you got me to answer another depressing letter that I usually trash, because sometimes they even get me pondering boneheaded philosophical questions like yours. Your overarching inquiry appears to be, “what’s the meaning of life?” Even if I knew the answer to that, I doubt that someone who has been educated at a school in New Jersey would understand it, no matter how much it’s simplified. I was thinking for hours on what kind of goal I could suggest for you to attempt to achieve, that could make feel fulfilled and alive. After realizing where you’re from, the answer became obvious. Try this, lose you accent! Because even hillbillies think you people talk funny! I hope this helps.