The thought that life can be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains.
– Paul Simon, Train in the Distance
First and foremost, just to set the record straight, Paul Simon is the greatest songwriter whom has ever lived. That is a fact. There. Glad that is settled.
Secondly, I love this line (above) from one of his greatest songs, titled "Train in the Distance." It is absolutely true and eloquently phrased. Everyone is looking for happiness in everything we do. And, I would say, the greatest realization of happiness is Love. And, I would also say (as would 1 John 4:16), God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
I see all people, in all ways, seeking God. If someone is in a bar seeking happiness, whether it be consciously or subconsciously, they are seeking God. If someone is seeking the comfort of religiousness, they are seeking God. When someone is seeking the success, accomplishment, or accolades, they are truly seeking something they've been designed to receive, the love and affirmation of God.
This is a beautiful truth to me. It very much helps me understand my own clamoring for joy, happiness, fulfillment, satisfaction, and affirmation. It refines my motivations to remember this.
I can't get no satisfaction. Cause I try. And I try. And I try. And I try.
– Mick Jagger (Paul Simon could not have said it better)
It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart...
– Deuteronomy 30:12-14
“The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
– Jesus, Luke 17:20&21