We are limited beings, and can only know, experience and enjoy so much. The world about us is vast and seemingly limitless. Our desire for good (even though selfish for the most part) is insatiable.
That’s why any company is still in business.
It appears to us an injustice that we as finite beings desire infinitely. Evolution’s theory falls short of any explanation here, and every attempt is but a comparing us with lesser beings.
No animal in the wild desires grilled chicken, none have an appetite for carefully cooked meals. Raw is meat enough, for them. Take it for granted that they do not also care about a trip to Mars, or a pastime at the zoo.
Looking inwards with a sincere gaze, we discover our few needs at war with our endless cravings. Cool water when we’re thirsty, a cold bath after a sunny trek, the camaraderie of family, a walk by the sea shore; and there’s more.
We desire the true, the good, the beautiful.
These realities are external to us, but not exclusively. Too often we want a trip to the Bahamas; we ponder what the world would look like from Everest’s crown’; the moon, Mars, can life be sustained there?
So we dare, we push, we innovate, we apply all the powers of our soul to satisfy these cravings. Too often, we seek beauty without, we wonder at creation, we want to serve, and this is good.
Sadly though, we allow to pass unnoticed, without the slightest expression of awe, the wonder of creation itself.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
~ St. Augustine of Hippo
You are beautiful, and are made in the image and likeness of Truth, of Goodness, of Beauty. This likeness is in your soul.
You possess within you an immortal soul of surpassing dignity, its desires are infinite. Do not be satisfied with less.
Exclaim with St. Aloysius Gonzaga, “I was born for greater things!”
“But Martha was busy about much serving. … And the Lord answering, said to her: Martha, Martha, thou art careful and art troubled about many things: But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
~ Luke x, 40–42
God alone suffices.