The value of Lack. It is from it that desire arises.
The suspended time of isolation to which we are forced, the absence of external commitments to which we dedicate ourselves, the slowness of days spent without the most common social distractions have placed us, willingly or unwillingly, in front of a mood that seemed almost buried, lost among the innumerable stimuli of a busy life: the sense of lack. The most banal social interaction – having a coffee with a friend – prevented, the simplest of gestures – a hug – avoided. All that seemed obvious, suddenly it was no longer.
However, every event that happens, even of the most disastrous ones, always has a positive side that hides, a secret teaching to give us.
If absence has burdened our souls and forced us to live with a feeling, the sense of loneliness, which we are accustomed to avoid too often, on the other hand it also had a positive effect: making us rediscover desire.
In an era like ours, where everything is just a click away – even a love relationship – the constructive power of desire had been lost. Rediscovering the etymology helps us to understand its strength even more: this term derives from Latin and is composed of the preposition de- that in Latin always has a negative meaning and from the term sidus which literally means star. To desire means, therefore, literally, “lack of stars”, of those good omens, of good wishes and therefore by extension this verb has also assumed the current meaning, understood as the perception of a lack and, consequently, as a feeling of research passionate.
Passionate research, the engine of all vital impetus, what leads us to embark on a path through which we grow and change is a direct consequence of the lack. Without it, we would not look for anything, in the absence of it, for lack, we would have no reason to move and we will remain there, in the swampy static nature of a life always equal to itself, without salt or poetry. Without those inner voids, sometimes so frightening, we would not feel the push that leads us to question new horizons. We would not be urged to embark on our personal journey of discovery, of the world as of ourselves. Without those voids, those absences, life wouldn’t even begin. Because it is continuous research, it is a journey, perpetual movement.
That’s why I invite you to thank your inner voids , the absences that have appeared in these still days: they have allowed you to discover what moves you, what represents a vital impetus for you. They have allowed you to get to the root of your desires and, thanks to them, now where to go, where to go once the lockdown is over.
I want to leave you with the words of a great man, a revolutionary spirit of our time, who best of all has been able to express and take all the good possible from the lack: