“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”*
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”**
Every day we travel with what we know through a greater unknown.
Which makes us perpetual learners, if we choose to be.
We get to expand our knowing through the other: objects ‘moving through other objects in a continual flow of intention and action.”^
We’ll never know everything – which is quite comforting and freeing when we admit to it – but there are seven billion people who can help us know more. And these are only the living. There are many who’ve gone before us and have left some amazing knowledge and insight behind, and I believe we can learn from those who have not yet been born, too.
Speaking of what human myths have to teach us about overcoming and becoming, Joseph Campbell shares:
‘These bits of information from ancient times, which are to do with the themes that have supported human life, built civilisations and informed religions over the millennia, have to do with deep inner problems inner mysteries, inner thresholds of passage, and if you don’t know what the guide signs are along the way you have to work it out yourself. … the only way to describe a human being is by describing his imperfections. The perfect human being is boring . … It is the imperfections of life that are lovable.’^^
This is not a journey to the meaning of life, Campbell suggests, but an ‘experience of being alive,’** and for this, I think, we cannot stand still in our knowledge and understanding, each following our unique curiosities and interests.
Always journeying, then, and never arriving.
‘We would like to know what, as moral agents, we have to do because of logic, what we have got to do because of human nature, and what we can choose to do. Such a programme is easy to state and possibly impossible to carry out.*^
Wherein lies the adventure.
(*Frederick Buechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**Stuart Hampshire, quoted in Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good.)
(^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’s The Power of Myth.)
(^^Albert Eibstein, quoted in Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(*^From Iris Murdoch’s The Sovereignty of Good.)