And the message of all these stories, the secret our poets and philosophers have been trying to tell us for centuries, is that our longing is the great gateway to belonging.*
As soon as humans had completed the evolutionary process, they found that a longing for transcendence was built into their condition.**
Our lives came with an ample supply of
Longing never runs out;
We may bury it or misplace it,
But we’re never far away from our
inward longing –
Who is my True Self? – and our
outward lining –
What is my Contribution?
*Susan Cain’s Bittersweet;
**Karen Armstrong’s A Short History of Myth.