At the start, we are real people, on opposite sides of the camera, before reaching out to meet at some point between us to make a connection. Every connection that we make in life is important, offering some promise of finding the intimacy that will help us to see our own meaning and connection to life. Some mystical power gives strength to reach, touch and connect. The power creates the connection and gives meaning to every exchange.
When made with mutual dignity and respect, connections will help us grow, and teach us to make better connections in the future. The philosopher Henry Bergson explained this beautifully, with approximately these words (he used French words):
For man, the meaning of life is found in making a successful effort, however precarious and incomplete, to use the creative energy that gives life.
When we lack confidence, why don’t we turn back to see the creative energy and receive fresh impetus?
Intelligence is not enough to allow us to turn back, because intelligence serves the purpose of finding reality – things we need – object with definition (like food, water, and shelter: things that are real). Turning back to find the Creative Energy requires speculation on a higher plane that can, at most, enable us to conceive possibilities, not the reality that intelligence seeks.
But we know that all around intelligence there lingers still a fringe of intuition, vague and evanescent. Can we not fasten upon it, intensify it, and above all, consummate it in action? It is more than pure contemplation. We can put it to use if we make the effort.
A soul strong enough, noble enough to make this effort to return and reconnect would not stop to question the transcendent source of the Creative Energy … the soul would be content to feel pervaded by Creative Energy of immeasurable might, and yet retain its own personality.
Attachment to life would hence-forth be its inseparability from this principle, joy in joy, love of that which is all love. In addition it would give itself to society, but to a society comprising all humanity, loved in the love of the principle underlying it.
From this mystical view the meaning of life, Bergson developed “formulas” to follow, including this one:
The formula: Each person deserves respect and dignity.
Let’s do it!