There is evidence to suggest that we are living in a world that is craving
more, fearing much, and feeling greater and greater helplessness. The news
blogs and publications; the political polls and debates; and our entertainment
and social commentaries would indicate anxious tendencies. Blaise Pascal was a
mathematician, physicist, and philosopher of the 17th century. Even in his era, the seeds of dissatisfaction had already
been sown.
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness,
proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now
remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with
everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot
find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be
filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII(425)
Where does one find true happiness?
How do we return to sanity and health? Is the answer found in abandoning God or
in including God in the solution? Each reader must seek an answer but they need
not do it alone. We are all fellow-travelers who need one another. Our mental
health and well-being depend upon this.

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