"If all that has happened on this planet is the fortuitous colonization of a damp stone by a chemical phenomenon we have called 'life,' then there is no case to be made for utility. If our myths and truths are only another exotic blossoming, the free play of possibility, then they are fully as real and as worthy of respect as anything else. Or if use or value in this demythologized context signifies the adaptation of creature to its circumstances, however gratuitous they may be, then even the universal human predisposition to create and value myths must be assumed to be a form of adaptation, therefore true in the sense and in the degree that these myths make an effective response to some exigency of being" (2).
--Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought
Thinking of Z, missing, mourning.