Each one of these passing millions was a
human being with loves and fears, hopes and dreams like our own. To what goal and
what purpose is all this? What has become of this vast procession which has
disappeared into the past: where are they now? They have disappeared from the
eyes of their successors as though they had never been....
[And we in turn] for a few short years try to weave our own dreams into realities on the same spinning orb. And what strange dreams men have! They know they, too, will die. How, then, do they spend the years vouchsafed to them? Some seek power, and lust after action: these are the soldiers, the statesmen and rulers, the merchants, the pirates, the adventurers and the conquerors. Others seek a hermitage from which to contemplate the world: these are the artists and poets, the writers and philosophers, the musicians and the ascetics.
Of most people it can be said that they
live lives caught in a routine, not of their choosing, but from which they cannot escape....their minds are conditioned by an environment which they have never seriously
questioned or supposed could be substantially other than it is. Of all, it can be said that they are
seeking happiness, but fewvery fewknow how to find it, or where to look for
It is a moving, thrilling, fascinating spectacle, full of human tears and human laughter; but has it any meaning? It is strange, desperately strange, and when the thinker has put the last ounce of himself into his thinking to unravel the mystery, he may well feel like
An infant crying in the
And with no language but a cry.
Raynor C. Johnson
The Imprisoned Spendour
An Approach to Reality, based upon the Significance of Data Drawn from the
Fields of Natural Science, Psychical Research and Mystical Experience. (1953).