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The Search

“We dream of the perfect wave, the perfect job, the perfect house. When we get there, we dream of something else….” – Rob Machado, The Drifter

 

Rip Curl have ‘The Search’ as their motto. A quest for the perfect wave.

Yet in reality, this is a pipedream, it is never actually attainable. I recently had an amazing surfing trip. Conditions could not have been any better and I scored the biggest barrel of my life. I pulled off and just sat in the water absolutely stoked. Yet after a minute, the buzz had worn off so I paddled back out and scored another amazing barrel. Still not satisfied. I wanted this moment to be lasting and permanent.

 

The search for the perfect wave is really the search for God.

 

It is the search for the ultimate fulfillment in life. Perfect, complete and lasting bliss. Yet we are never going to be completely satisfied. Why? Because even when we find that perfect break, we know that the feeling is not going to last forever. Maybe that is why the Rip Curl motto is now ‘live the search’ because it is a quest for unattainable perfection.

 

This search for complete and lasting bliss is actually an argument for Heaven and God’s existence. If we all have this desire for complete and lasting bliss and if this is actually unattainable in this life then it means that we are a bunch of messed up creatures looking, striving and chasing for a feeling that doesn’t exist.

 

That’s why the religious worldview makes so much sense because it is aware of this quest for complete happiness and acknowledges that rather than being pointless it shows us that we ultimately desire God and eternal bliss with Him forever in Heaven when we die.  As C.S. Lewis eloquently puts it:

 

“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water… If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”    (Mere Christianity)

 

If C.S. Lewis is wrong then it means that the human race is wandering around with an unscratchable itch. Fathom that! What a torturous existence. Going through life with an itch that cannot be scratched. It’s like having an unquenchable thirst. Aaaahh! There is so much wisdom and consolation in the words of St Augustine:

 

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

 

This is The Endless Summer!

Check out more on Argument From Desire at www.peterkreeft.com/topics/desire.htm

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