Every age has its leitmotif, a set of beliefs that explains the universe, that inspires or consoles the individual by providing an explanation for the multiplicity of events impinging on him or her. In the medieval period it was religion, in the enlightenment it was reason, in the nineteenth and twentieth century it was nationalism combined with a view of history as a motivating force. Science and technology are the governing force of our current age.
The Leitmotif helps us to understand our worlds but it is not in and of itself an absolute truth. If it were it wouldn’t change from year age to age. It is more the way that we come to rely, relate and believe in a leitmotif, that is itself a problem and maybe there is some advantage in learning to explore other possibilities of perception and understanding the world. Sometimes our attachments to our thoughts can separate us from what we truly are. To let go of the narrative, grand or individual, and to look to our own direct experience in life and to trust in something that we are a part of and that is a part of us and that we can know more fully from looking inward.
In some ways, “to look within” is a leitmotif. But it is not in believing in the leitmotif or the narrative or the meaning, or concept that we look to understand and know more intimately our being and role in existence. It is in coming to relate to and be in life from the direct experience, that there is a new way of seeing.