Embrace the Mystery

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. To whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead." - Albert Einstein

I think Einstein was on to something. Mystery embodies the core of the human experience. We relate to and are drawn toward the mysterious at the moment we take our first breath until the day we take our last. It is part of who we are, what we sense, and how we think and interact.

We are designed to be driven by what we can’t see. This wonder and sincere yearning fuels desire and brings vitality to our existence. Mystery makes us feel alive and takes us to the edge of our seat. When we think we’ve got it all figured out, there are plot twists and unexpected events. No matter how mundane or routine we presume our life to be, it always captures a bit of mystery.

If there was no mystery, our journeys would be monotonous and boring. We would be a people without dreams, vision, and imagination. We would lack the tenacity to understand what we can’t comprehend. The drama of the plot would be replaced by a predictable apathy. The depth of our souls would be shallow and without hope, faith, and the longing for eternal life.

Taking away the mystery would spoil the intrigue of the story. The innocent questions of children would be drowned out by the solutions of arrogant know it alls. There would be no debate on the subject of life’s meaning and we would never sit in a coffee shop and discuss our purpose.

The loss of mystery would make us too reasonable. Risk-taking would always give way to flawed logic and human frailty. All the challenges that deepen us would be sidestepped for the accessible conveniences that lead to weakness and ingratitude.

Tales that evoke sympathy would have no authors. Sad songs would have no writers and nostalgia would be overrated.

Yes, take away mystery and you take away the essence of life. Einstein says if we do, we might as well be dead. So, let's not be afraid of what we can't see. Let's embrace our mystery, anticipate what’s next and pursue the unknown with hopeful passion.

LifeJason Autry