This piece is entitled ‘The Eternal Unknowing’ and represents the unfathomable complexity of life itself, and the fact that it is this lack of knowledge and hunger for more wisdom that drives us to ask questions without immediately obvious answers, and to wonder. As I wrote when I first posted this:
Anne Shirley of Green Gables once said, "Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive - it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" Which is true. If we knew everything, there would be no need to wonder, to ask, to imagine. Yet instead of a world of fact and answer we have one with some logical deductions but so much more esotericism and mystique. We may be scientifically able to explain why the sky is blue during the day, but not why it makes us feel like our heart is open to everything new and good. We can explain the process of photosynthesis in plants, but not why we feel compelled to lay them at a loved one's grave or war memorial. There is far more to us than we know, and sometimes art and creative expression is the only way we can glimpse it. Reflected in it we are reassured of our beliefs and connectedness to something greater than ourselves. As Truman Capote once penned, "But, my dear, so few things are fulfilled: what are most lives but a series of incompleted episodes? 'We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task...' It is wanting to know the end that makes us believe."
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