it’s all such a mystery — people (were they real flesh and blood people or did we make up these flesh and blood people?) all around the same time in history (give or take a few hundred years here and there) who would deliver all the essential wisdom with which we need to live, touching the longings of our hearts — mysterious wisdom from the far east, middle east and greece for those of us in the middle west and points north, south east and west? did we do that, have something to do with that — put flesh and blood on timeless, wonderful, wisdom, so we could look at it, read it, think about it, feel it deep within us — affirming all that was already there in the depths of the hungry heart of humanity? might we have had something to do with that emer- gence and, if so, we should give ourselves a little more credit for those eternal verities, questions and mysteries and that truly would be a mystery or was the flesh and blood there and we added the mystery? or did it all come down through history as the heart of mystery clothed in flesh and blood touching ours?