Evolution of the Senses

Another of Nonni’s ideas:

I was just wondering about the evolution of hunger and thirst.  These sensations alert us to do something about fulfilling a real need—for food or water.  I wonder about the other hungers that seem almost universal: the hungers for the eternal and the transcendent.  Every society in recorded history, as well as societies examined by archaeology, has had these two hungers.  They have all worshipped something, and they have all desired an afterlife.  Whether providing for their deceased relative’s afterlife, or writing about their wishes to see their loved ones again, this hunger is universal, crossing every culture.  Whether manufacturing idols to worship, or philosophizing about the nature of one God, every society worships something bigger than the individual human.  I just wonder if those two hungers aren’t in man for ultimately the same reason hunger and thirst are in man: they point to a need that is supposed to be filled.  Augustine of Hippo thought so.  He said: “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”..

 Submitted by Michelle


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