“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.
We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.”
By Oliver Sacks
In many ways, this quote makes me think of “the human experience”. Especially one that is centered around evolution. This quote led me into this train of thought:
There is a bigger picture — a higher vantage point for us to understand or reality. Deep down most of us feel a higher calling or purpose, but not all of us know what that is. However, that does not stop us from searching for a deeper meaning in life or a greater level of happiness. We long for connection, love, and to thrive off of a collective belief or ideal. Surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals, we begin to grow exponentially. We become more aware of our truth. We stand up for what we believe in. We acquire knowledge on matters that resonate with us. We try to have an impact on the world through our words and our actions. All this, for a greater sense of fulfillment.