“If I find myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."
— C.S Lewis
In 2014, a group of artists in England asked thousands of people one question and based a show on the answers. The question was: What is your happiest memory?
Here’s what they discovered. Less than 1% of the happy memories had anything to do with material things. The memories were nearly always about relationships of one kind or another. And the word that came up most often was the word “home”.
The show ended up being a cross between a wedding and a wake. It was a celebration mixed with sadness, because these were memories of happiness. The happiness was gone, it hadn’t lasted.
What was left was a longing for relationship and a longing for home.
Maybe you have similar memories of your own. Happiness happens, but it’s fragile. The truth is, we have such a deep desire for relationship, such a deep desire for home, that no earthly relationship, no earthly home is enough to bear the weight of those desires, except briefly.
So why then, if we cannot fulfil these desires, do we have them? C S Lewis said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”