A quickie. I'm in frenzied preparation for a houseguest, two actually, in series. I'm advising them not to dig too deeply beneath the surface tidiness, which has been steam blasted and sanitized, to the deeper archaeological rubble of persons beneath. Dark corners should be feared, obviously. Every 6 year-old knows that.
Here are a couple of sites to help moderns make philosophical sense of the world. However, we're not going to be referring back to those pompous old Greeks or Enlightenment know-it-alls. We're going to use the materials closest to hand: monkeys and Stooges.
Inside the Monkeysphere is self-explanatory, but for Dr. Will's take on men and Stooges, you'll have to scroll down to April 18th. (Think about permalinks, Doc.) Also, I'm not the only one of the XX crowd I know who finds the world of the Stooges muy agradable, so put that one in Larry's hair-do and smoke it.
Disclaimer: I do not necessarily adhere to the rationales presented by these websites, though they each make compelling points, but we're talking about YOU here, the grasping you who do not yet have all the answers, not me, cheerily self-satisfied in my omnipotence. From these sites' meanderings, you may perhaps assemble a little more of the grand mosaic of Meaning. Will the final picture look like a cow in a meadow or an interstellar jet ski? Cow on jet ski? Telling you would ruin the surprise, but such investigations as these make the process of discovery more than half the fun.
Thanks to April and Noelle for the links. A Dogpile image search for the terms "interstellar cow jet ski" yielded no results, which may indicate I've loosed a bit more out of the bag of Being than this world is prepared to know. I did, however, find the above book of indoctrination for children. Given the number of current technologies envisioned by sci-fi writers as long as a century ago, you may decide for yourself if William Sleator is a madman or slightly under half-a-prophet.