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In one of the early scenes of The Matrix, the character Trinity meets
in a club and she tells him, "It's the question that drives us." Later
Neo meets Morpheus, who describes this inherent curiosity as a "splinter
in the mind."

We are born into a world that is populated with stories, pregnant with
multiple meanings. From our very entrance into the cosmos until death,
the reality and presence of story envelops our lives. Like the
deep-seated quest of Socrates to discover what, in fact, was the good
life, we find ourselves asking questions and wanting answers. These
questions are not mere curiosity, or intellectual pursuits; they carry
enormous existential significance and importance. These questions haunt

Consider the following words from Lee Iacocca in Straight Talk: "Here
am in the twilight years of my life, still wondering what it's all about.
I can tell you this, fame and fortune is for the birds." Our minds are
splintered-or made numb-with pressing inquiry: What is the point of it
all? What gives our lives meaning? Novelist William H. Gass expresses
similar nagging reality. "Life is itself exile," he writes, "and its
inevitability does not lessen our grief or alter the fact." Journalist
Malcolm Muggeridge notes further, "The first thing I remember about the
world-and I pray it may be the last-is that I was a stranger in it. This
feeling which everyone has in some degree, and which is at once the glory
and desolation of homosapiens, provides the only thread of consistency
that I can detect in my life." Why are we here? Where are we going? Why
do we find ourselves as strangers in exile? Is there a greater story we
are a part of, but ignoring?

In the Western world, we are progressively abandoning the metanarratives
that for centuries served to define our society and our individual lives.
Indeed, the very idea of a "defining story" is considered offensive,
imperialistic, sexist, or worse. The individual is left alone before a
mind-boggling array of options and both the responsibility and the
authority to reach a conclusion are totally rooted in the self. Yet,
despite brave predictions of the demise of God or the eventual waning of
belief under Modern conditions, the questions have not gone away. If
anything, they are more at the forefront than we would have expected,
given the nature and shape of progress.

In the opening pages of the Lord of the Rings, the narrator tells us of
the process whereby history became legend and legend became myth
slowly it was all forgotten. Tolkien's brilliant insight into what he
deems our "real but forgotten" past is a telling representation of our
current state of affairs. If the world and our life is the product of the
Creator God, then though ignored or unknown, the echoes of our distant
and essential nature still call out to us. And they are calling.

"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal
power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what
has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Romans 1:20). The heavens
are yet declaring the glory of God; the skies are yet proclaiming the work
of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night
they display knowledge. Stuart McAllister

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D I S C L A I M E R If someone should ask if it's legal to download songs
found on various non-commercial sites, such as this one.

Well, I'm neither a lawyer nor a technician,
and I've begun to wonder if it was legal for
us to tape music off the radio back when
tape recorders first came into being.

And were we committing a crime when we recorded
a movie shown on TV with our VCRs? And was it
really legal to buy a dual-deck recorder for the
express purpose of duplicating cassettes?

My answer to all of the above is, "I don't know."

Nonetheless, here is a formal statement in
some kind of legalize that appears to apply
to this kind of file availability:

The songs on this site are copyrighted by their respective artists and are placed here
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