Here's something I came across recently that I thought I'd share this evening.
San people (also known as Bushmen) of the Kalahari Desert, the late journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, and conservationist Laurens van der Post wrote the following.
The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two “hungers.” There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning. . . . There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply and profoundly bitter, and that is to have thrust upon them a life without meaning.
There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. Because meaning transfigures all. Once what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you're happy or unhappy. You are content – you are not alone, in your Spirit – you belong.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Caroline Jones
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Jeanette Blonigen Clancy
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Marianne Williamson
• In the Garden of Spirituality – David Richo
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Beatrice Bruteau
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Hazrat Inayat Khan
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Ilia Delio
• In the Garden of Spirituality – Parker Palmer
• Thomas Moore on the Circling of Nature as the Best Way to Find Our Substance
• Words of Wisdom on Indigenous Peoples Day
• Prayer of the Week – November 14, 2012
• “This Light Breeze That Love Me”
• Soul Deep
Related Off-site Links:
Botswana Bushmen: Modern Life Is Destroying Us – Pumza Fihlani (BBC News, January 7, 2014).
Walking With Cheetahs: The Big Cats of the Kalahari Who Are Man's Best Friend – Jonathan Scott (Daily Mail, November 12, 2010).