“Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, even without noticing it, live your way into the answer.”*
This is about questions and quests. One leads to the other. Some quests are hardly noticeable, some alter the trajectory of ur lives – these are the ones I want to focus on.
Peter Diamandis tells of how he was inspired by the story of Charles Lindbergh whose imagination was captured by a competition to build an aircraft capable of crossing the Atlantic. This in turn stirred Diamandis’s desire to create a craft that could travel into space: ‘my original use of incentive competitions stemmed from my desire to figure out how to get myself into space’.**
There’s something dynamic and exciting about finding the the right questions for our lives – where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep hinger.
This brings vulnerability and we have to move forward to understand vulnerability better.
‘A life that wishes to honour its own possibility has to learn too how to integrate the suffering of dark and bleak times into a dignity of presence. … Vulnerability risks hurt, disappointment and failure.’^^
Answers seek to overcome, domesticate, and civilise. It’s perhaps why mythologist Joseph Campbell argues we’re lacking mythologies for enlarging our lives:
‘We can’t have a mythology for a long, long time to come. Things are changing too fast to become mythological. … Myth opens the world to the dimension of mystery, to the realisation of the mystery that underlies all forms.’*^
Please, don’t give up on your questions. We’re moving towards a new mythology as those who’re opening minds, hearts, and wills.
(*Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(^The more critical and significant the question, the more it will invoke five elemental truths in pursuing our questions: life is hard, we are not as special as we think, our life is not about us, we are not in control, and we are going to die. See Richard Rohr’s Adam’s Return.)
(^^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(*^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Myers’s The Power of Myth.)