“Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We humans spend a great deal of time trying to make sense of the universe – and of our place in it. I think that the act of thinking may be more important than any answers we find. The questioning is wired into our being, and it isn’t merely an intellectual exercise – it’s at the core of what makes us human. A continual quest for knowledge and understanding. When we settle on the non-answers that are often provided for us – we shut down an important part of what makes us uniquely us.
Of course, we also think that finding an answer will quiet our restless minds, and perhaps it does for a bit. But when the questions are largely unanswerable, the quest continues.
Pillars of Creation courtesy of NASA
** Originally posted August 18, 2020.