"Because of our ability to reason and capacity for abstract thought, humans are meaning-making creatures."
I always loved this theme from the study of literature in ends to be discovered; part of the western canon: "The triumph of the human spirit."
The introduction is tucked away somewhere safely among my stacks and stacks of loose-leaf papers, folders, scrapbooks and files. I can't say I can hunt it down today, but it will be be a succulent T-bone for my soul when I can find the rest. Someday.