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For years, Matthew Haddock was drifting on a tide of disillusionment. Like many Americans, Haddock, a practicing attorney in his late 40s, was hit hard by the 2008 recession so hard it curdled the way he saw the world. People had become so obsessed with accumulating stuff, Haddock came to believe, that they had lost touch with what was important. This pervasive materialism, he thought, was a way of thinking that was inevitably doomed.
Desperate to reconnect with something meaningful, Haddock found himself turning to unexpected places. Though he was raised Southern Baptist, he now regularly sought refuge in the Book of the Hopi a compendium of teachings drawn from 30 Hopi elders in northern Arizona. He researched paganism in Ireland, and spent nine months visiting the Kabbalah Centre in Dallas (he left because the staff kept trying to sell him things). Once, in Tennessee, he visited a man whod built his house over a Native American burial ground: The basement wall had fallen in, and I went and put my head against it. I thought: I want to know what these people know. Because thats what we lose.
Haddock had an unquenchable thirst for meaning. And then, in 2015, he met a man called Peter Gorman through a friend in Texas.