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The Yearning for Paradise Innocent, Explorer, Sage


E M E M B E R B R I G A D O O N ? Just a glimpse of paradise, and then people are doomed to endure ordinary life. Today’s consumers all have some recollection, some experience of a wondrous moment when the perfect, good life seemed possible. For much of the rest of their lives, they seek to fulfill a longing for some ideal place where they can feel fully themselves and at home. Some psychologists explain this yearning as a desire to reexperience the safety and oneness of the womb. In a more spiritual context, it can be seen as a result of the nostalgia we feel because we left a spiritual place for a material world. In “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth suggests that, as young children, we remember a glory that we have known, but gradually we forget it and settle for ordinary life: “Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of 49

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Mack, Margaret - Hero and Outlaw Archetype  

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