Francois Rabelais

“I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps” – Attributed to François Rabelais

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This quote resonates with me and the words are said to be the last words of Franciois Rabelais, although there is some controversy about this. It encapsulates my journey outlined in my previous posts: Cross Country Ramblings I and Cross Country Ramblings II. I also mentioned this in the post Shaking Up and Giving Up. My journey in all ways is towards uncovering/discovering the “great perhaps”. My wish especially for those who really need it, who are suffering or in pain in some way, is for them in the new year, to discover their “great perhaps”, which in the words of Viktor Frankl is unique to you: “…meaning must be found and cannot be given.”  (1975, p. 112).

Here is a lovely piece in the Huffington Post, written by a young girl, Shanzeh-khurram where she says:

‘While reading “Looking for Alaska” by John Green a few years ago, I came across the last words of the poet Francois Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” The main character, Miles, states these words as his reason for going to a college away from home; he doesn’t want to “wait until he dies to start seeking a Great Perhaps.” ‘

Do read further, this is a lovely piece.

Frankl, V. E. (1975).  The Unconscious God:  Psychotherapy and Theology.  New York:  Simon and Schuster.  (Originally published in 1948 as Der unbewusste Gott.  Republished in 1997 as Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning.)

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