Pursuit

A thought I had — one grown to sup­port my own cur­rent what­ev­er — re­gard­ing in­com­plete­ness:

Persons are by their na­ture in­com­plete, and seek­ing com­plete­ness. In them­selves, in their in­sti­tu­tions. But at the mo­ment one stops seek­ing, the mo­ment one be­lieves the­se goals of com­plete­ness are met, they are lost. Liberty, free­dom, jus­tice, love and hap­pi­ness are nev­er ful­ly at­tained and can­not be pos­sessed, like Heisenberg’s un­cer­tain­ty prin­ci­ple or Schrodinger’s cat, to know a thing is to change it.

So, the clos­est we can come to any of our de­sires is through pur­suit. The bond be­tween hunter and hunt­ed. If you catch hap­pi­ness, you kill it. It be­comes a dead thing. If you think you’ve at­tained the apex of lib­er­ty and free­dom, you’ve let them both go. But if you know that lib­er­ty, free­dom, jus­tice, love and hap­pi­ness can be yours in the con­text of pur­suit — and know that the val­ue we as­cribe to the­se ideas is not in­her­ent to them but ex­ists on­ly in the dy­nam­ic of seek­ing — they can all be yours. 

This seems very much in tune with the point Camus makes in The Myth of Sisyphus.

UPDATE 7 July 2013

There’s a dan­ger in the pur­suit too, a good hunter knows when to call off the chase. Sometimes you can pur­sue one thing that turns out to be some­thing else en­tire­ly. Sometimes the pur­suit it­self changes a thing. Knowing when to call off the chase is just as im­por­tant as know­ing that the pur­suit is what mat­ters.

2 thoughts on “Pursuit

  1. Love it. Had a boss on­ce say you are in a con­stant state, but which is it. Are you mov­ing for­ward, back­wards or stag­nant? Two of those “choic­es” aren’t good. Which state do you want to be in? Which will help you grow? I found this sim­i­lar to Walt Disney’s say­ing “Keep mov­ing for­ward.”

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