The Great Everything is a life project dedicated to exploring the ideas, stories and culture that bring deeper meaning and connections to our daily lives.
Hello. We’re two friends who ditched our careers at one of the world’s top law firms because we found that the daily grind of the corporate rat race wouldn’t lead us to rich, fulfilling lives. So we decided to identify what it was that gave our lives meaning, and, y’know… do that instead.
But fulfilment isn’t about quitting your day job, it’s about leading a better life generally. And that means something different for each of us. Here, we want to share our own recipe for better living and a varied intellectual life: Art, Donuts and Transformation.
“Art” is engaging with the world for intellectual stimulation. It means learning about jazz, or a Great artist or philosopher or even a fine wine, with the specific goal of broadening our understanding: what is it that makes it Great? How does it relate to other items within its category?
“Donuts” is engaging for gut pleasure. It means understand that there’s a place in our life for visceral enjoyment, and snobs be damned! Donuts is what you feel when you’re bobbing your head to the Wu-Tang Clan, it’s the thrill of an epic explosion in your favourite action movie, it’s the rush you get from that first bite into a truly Great pork rib.
“Transformation” is engaging for self-betterment. It means asking – how can I be better than I was yesterday? And then taking the lessons we learn and applying them to our lives. It means philosophy – grappling with humanity’s big ideas and questions. It means learning about our psychological patterns. It means thinking through current issues critically, so that when we talk about them we have a positive impact, instead of just contributing to senseless tribalism.
The Great Everything is an exploration into all these different things that bring meaning to our lives, and what we can learn from them in order to become better humans.