“Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”
— Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The secrets of the universe present themselves in their own time. They don’t pander to our hurry which perhaps doesn’t exist. So we wait. While we wait, we can learn to smile.
The secrets of the universe may appear ridiculous when they unveil themselves. They are not what we think. Most times, they are beyond our imagination. We should not be mad at them for being different. We can only laugh at our expectations.
The secrets of the universe don’t have to strip themselves to make us believe that we are a part of this sublime universe. When we are the secrets and the universe in some way, we don’t have to feel alone and sad and confused and ashamed. We are not our doubts. We are not our fears. We are our hope. We are needed and loved by this universe.
Maybe, the secrets of the universe should never be divulged because we can continue to look for them in poetry and paintings and stories and music and… people. Let the secrets make us cry. Let them create riots in our hearts. Let them light the lamps of kind desires to illuminate our dark corridors. Let them be elusive. Let them be obstinate. Let them come. Let them go. Let our quest never end. Let us never cease to believe, create, and accept.
The secrets of the universe are meant to be our beacons.