19 Sep 2005


The notion exists that there is good in the world, and that whatever may stand against that good, somehow, the good shall prevail. Some might call the existence of this notion evidence for the existence of God, or some greater, guiding force; while some others will pass this notion off as a childish wish fulfillment fantasy; but no one will deny that such a notion lives in the heart of human beings. If the human animal is born with any instinct at all, this appears to be primal among them, as if it was with us from the beginning, like the fruit we ate in Eden, of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil — what it became when we digested it. It is an essential part of this human condition, what we call life, or even what we call a world: for in the darkest of hearts, an ember of this notion still glows. It speaks of hope in us all.


The life cycle of a typical animal consists of birth and death, and in between, reproduction, eating and excreting. Perhaps there are certain other niceties along the way, but that is the basic contract for life. Everything else, in fact, is a sort of magic: that which holds us in some spell, which engages our interests and time, which changes our minds and changes the world in certain purposeful ways. These may have nothing to do with the basic contract, yet usually, what is known as the meaning of life — what it is all worth — is found only there. In the magic.

(Thinking of what 3 could be…)

posted by John H. Doe @ 8:35 am

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