A wise mentor of mine and I were talking last night about human nature. He reminded me that we are all fallen creatures. We are all searching for a full life because we are all somewhat unsatisfied with our lives. We all want more.
Some of us fill this desire with food, friends, intellect, fashion, hopes for the future, etc.
Blaise Pascal, a noted mathematician, physicist, and philosopher explains this unfulfilled desire in these words:
What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are; though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.
Many know this as Pascal’s vacuum. They say that Pascal believed we each have a God-shaped vacuum in our souls and we try to fill it with tangible things. The only way we as humans will stop stuffing this vacuum is when we place God where He belongs in our souls- in his God-shaped hole in our souls.
I want a full life. A life that is never lacking. A life that oozes with joy. For that reason, I continue to chase after God and don’t stop even when I stumble.