Are You Really Hungry?

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readJun 15, 2024


Bruce Pennington

“A ​hungry mouse​ is ready to eat a cat” (Chinese proverb).

So, the question isn’t about aggression, weight, or the size of fangs. The main motivator is desperate need. For what?

Let’s say a person is safe, financially stable, and socially accepted. Why then might he or she feel desperate, powerless, and hollow?

This is an existential vacuum. The person’s life lacks meaning.

Nothing in the world can fill this void. At best, it can be temporarily covered with a hand or a patch. Entertainment, alcohol, and drugs try, but they don’t help in the long run.

Sounds grim, right? But the solution is right here.

Meaninglessness cancels out everything a person might have. So, meaninglessness nullifies everything a person may have. But equally true is the opposite. Herein lies a hidden source of strength.

The lack of meaning, like hunger, points to a shortage of “food.” But a different kind of food that feeds the soul, not the body.

The question: Who will overcome human wickedness and the whims of fate?

The answer: The one who wholeheartedly pursues meaning.

Sincerely yours,


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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.