"And I said to myself
Is that all there is ? "
Is that all there is?
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is.”(Peggy Lee)"
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I quoted in the opening a piece of Peggy Lee's song "Is That All There Is?" that could be translated with a "Is That All There Is?". I don't know if it ever occurred to you to ask yourself this question, to look around a little bit lost and ask "Is that all there is? Is it possible that life is all about fighting for a job, for a social position, looking for a husband or wife, having children, hoping for retirement, getting old and dying?"
If at least once you have made this reflection, which perhaps even frightened you a little, then welcome to the 'club of strangers' or, as I sometimes jokingly call it, 'the club of estranged people'. I am an honorary member, because it is practically since I have been here that I have been embodying this question, this yearning nostalgia for wider horizons and a freer, more creative and intense life.
I am talking about an existential tension that cannot be resolved in a materialistic and quantitative sense, such as more relationships, more travels, more study, more money, more comfort. No, it is rather a claim to our right to fullness and lasting happiness, a right sanctioned by a spiritual origin, not purely material. The body ages and dies; Life, the Spirit, does not. It is therefore the memory of another homeland, another dimension in which we are creators of harmonious realities and not victims of oppressive circumstances, physical laws, inconclusive governments and natural disasters.
Our situation is somewhat reminiscent of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, who from the splendor of the House of the Father finds himself eating the food of pigs. It is therefore the story of our soul, understood as our most intimate being, our spark of light that is lost in the experiences of the world and we forget who it is and where it comes from.
Thus begins her desperate search for peace and happiness in her boyfriend, family, health, steady work - in short, in a reality that is by nature unstable and illusory. In doing so, she leaps from desire to desire, and often from disappointment to disappointment, forgetting herself and her intrinsic beauty and completeness.