Though we desperately try to avoid them, we also accept them as a part of what it means to be alive.
But what if life could be lived without them? What if a place existed where there was no crying, no mourning, no pain - would you want to go there?
It may sound too good to be true, but if the idea of such a place causes you to sigh “if only…”, then the next questions must be:
Even the slightest possibility that such a place exists would make a thorough investigation worthy of significant if not your all-consuming effort. If it does not exist, what is lost? But if it does, how much is there to be gained!
If you were to discover (to your great joy and surprise) that this place really does exists, what could be of greater importance than securing your access to it?
What a tragedy it would be to know that such a wonderful place exists and yet fail to get in!
So what is required of you in order to enter?
Once you had clarified the requirements, you then would not rest until you had fulfilled them.
C.S. Lewis wrote:
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Yes, we are far too easily pleased with simple pleasures. But we are also far too willing to accept the presence of pain without considering if a painless existence might be possible. If a place without pain can be found.
Of course, it may not exist. But imagine, just imagine, the unspeakable joy that would overcome you if it did.