Jeff, thank you for the beautiful and kind comment. We are a world of contradictions, indeed.
I read a book once -- My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. She tells of having a stroke on the left side of her brain and how differently she perceived the world when she only had the right side of her brain functioning.
That book fundamentally changed how I look at the world and I wish we could all have the ability to see the world as she did. She has a TED talk about it -- it's a fascinating watch. Somehow I think you'd like it.
If you're interested...