About the Author

Since he was a child, Rodolfo “David” León was interested in the meaning of life, mostly because he did not feel that he fit in. He was never very interested in wanting the things that he was taught he should want. So, as desperation is the mother of curiosity, when he was truly free enough to academically choose what he wanted to study (when he got to college), he took many courses in philosophy and anthropology and graduated with a degree in linguistics.

After graduating from college, he rode his bicycle across the United States three times and also traveled to Asia and Central America and South America to teach English as a second language in Taiwan and Japan and Costa Rica and Mexico and Brazil, all the while reading many books about life and meaning and purpose. He had wanted to write about the things he had learned regarding the meaning of life, but he was so distracted with doing what he needed to do to “survive” that he could never fully dedicate himself to writing about what he had learned.

In his mid thirties, shortly after putting together a booklet of poems which he had written, he had a bicycle accident that left him disabled. Becoming disabled put him in an ideal situation to think about and write the kind of book he had wanted to read since he was in high school: a book that would explain the meaning of life in a simple, reasonable, and satisfying way. More specifically, becoming disabled freed him from the busyness of a typical life so that he had the time to organize his thoughts related to everything he had learned from years of study and reading and reflection, and allowed him to focus on forming sensible, reasonable answers to big questions that still haunted him. Unity in Diversity: a new dawn is the fruit of his efforts to write a simple, reasonable and satisfying explanation of God and how and why we exist.

He used many of the poems he had written before he became disabled in his book about the meaning of life to illustrate his explanations of the meaning of life, and felt moved to write even more poems and musings, which he added to the poems in the booklet of poems he had put together before becoming disabled, and finally published his book of poems: Prayers for a New Millennium.