The opening of the pilot of the TV show Heroes, from a few years ago,  speaks to this idea.  While the episode is on Netflix, and I couldn’t find a clip online of the opening, you can listen to the voiceover here:

“Where does it come from—this quest, this need to solve lif’s mysteries when the simplest of questions can never be answered? Why are we here? What is the soul? Why do we dream? Perhaps we’d better off not looking at all.  Not delving, not yearning.  But that’s not human nature.  Not the human heart.  That is not why we are here.  Yet still we struggle to make a difference, to change the world, to dream of hope; never knowing for certain whom we will meet along the way.  Who among the world of strangers will hold our hand, touch our hearts, and share the pain of trying.”

In the scene itself, the very opening of the show about people discovering unimagined powers and using them for good…or not, we see a shot of a man (we later learn is Peter) jumping off of a building and taking flight.

We don’t know what’s in us.  We don’t know what we can accomplish.  We don’t have answers.  And sometimes, we will never have answers.  Some of our greatest questions will go unanswered.

And yet, we ask them.  We can’t help it.  It’s who we are.  We are destined to search for answers.  

Perhaps it’s the process of searching that is sometimes the point.


About rabbiisa

I'm a Reform Rabbi with a passion for education! I'm also a pop culture fan, political junkie, and NY Times crossword puzzle addict. I am INTP, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, and a fan of the Oxford Comma.

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