Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world.
There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promises.
The longings which arise in us when we first fall in love, or first think of some foreign country, or first take up some subject that excites us, are longings which no marriage, no travel, no learning, can really satisfy.
There was something we grasped at, in that first moment of longing, which just fades away in the reality. I think everyone knows what I mean. The wife may be a good wife, the scenery may have been excellent, and chemistry may be a very interesting job … but something has evaded us.
We can deal with this the fool’s way, the way of the disillusioned ‘sensible man’, or the way of one who knows this is not the end.
Aim at Heaven and you will get earth thrown in: aim at earth and you will get neither.
Text from Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, pages 134-135
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