Why So Few?

A question that recurs for me almost daily—for it has yet to meet with a satisfactory answer—is why so few on this planet are following a spiritual path.

For we do know, at least on some (though still accessible) level that this cannot possibly be all there is to life: you get born, you survive a while, you die. For what would be the point? Or whose cynical game would we be nothing but pawns in?


I believe that all mystics—both past and present—have realized this and therefore dedicated their lives to finding answers. And I believe that many found them.

However, there are 7.1 billion people in the world today, and perhaps only a handful of living mystics. Another handful (relatively speaking) meditate (or follow some other spiritual path) in honest search for the truth; but the remaining 7.099999999 billion people prefer sleep, and simply snort at any attempt at awakening and roll over into a position more comfortable, more conducive to delusion.

And so my question returns: Why? Why so many sleepers and so few seekers? When something, obviously, is amiss.

Why the planet-wide lethargy, apathy? It just doesn’t make sense.