Sorry, I have not responded sooner, but I think I know where that sorrow, you speak of, comes from. I honestly do not think that it is sorrow, but a frustration that is felt as we come to the realization the answers that we are searching for cannot be found in the knowledge we have gathered. Let's face it, we have gathered a lot of knowledge over the past thousands of years.
We think that is a long time, but in reality, it doesn't even make a dent on the Universal Calendar, if there is such a thing.
Yeah, there is truth in the knowledge we have gathered, but it is mixed with a bunch of other "stuff" too that throw's us off track as we seem to think "all of it" will make some sense, and that stems from the fact that we have been programmed to think, "the more we know, the better". I think you and many on this forum will attest, that is simply "not" the truth as we consciously try to find that truth amidst all we have learned. It can't "consciously" be done. That's were the term "serendipity" comes into play.
I only learned of what this word meant a few months ago and it tied up a "big loose end" for me. Answers.com online dictionary defines serendipity as:
"The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident"
only I don't believe they are "accidents".
I wrote a small scenario of what "serendipitous" thought could mean in another post. I define it as "when you concentrate on others before self, amazing miracles happen. Let me explain. When we are alone we have a tendency to concentrate on the "I" such as your post suggests, as you feel "sorrow" in that you are unable to find those answers we as "philosophers" think we can to eliminate the misery in the world. I think I am correct. Please feel free to correct me if I assumed wrong. Where that frustration and sorrow comes from is, IMHO, a selfishness that leads us to believe if we could just figure it all out, "our" lives could be so much better.
Now in analyzing that statement one would think it has the most altruistic intent. As a matter of a fact to even question it would be construed as "insulting". The truth is if we weren't so selfish, we could have solve the problem's that plague us long ago. We can't solve our problems individually, but others can solve our problems for us. It's a "give, give" situation. "Take" has nothing to do with it.
We have so many terms that identify our concern for "self". Such as self reliant, self control, self esteem, self assurance, self worth, self confidence, etc., etc., etc.. We are so self absorbed in ourselves, we pay little attention and devote little dedication to the welfare of another to the point it is actually "foreign thought" unless we have something to gain from that "giving" which, is IMO the most rewarding of which to be a relief from those pangs of conscience that have a tendency to haunt us.
Here is the quandary in which we find ourselves.
We have created a reality that, in order to be "up", we strive to keep other's "down". It gives us a "warped" sense of meaning and purpose, when it fact it is just "mean". Isn't it amazing how close the words we use are to the truth, it is the usage of them that really matters. So much get's lost in translation. It's not only "mean", it's oppressing and that make's us feel "good". That is the reality we have created and we have concocted rationalization's that deafen the "conscience" that allow us to justify being "mean". This is a global problem. Now please don't forget the broad brush I use to communicate. I am fully aware there are "magnificent" exceptions.
Most of the world is too involved with "self" to realize how truly "dependent" we are on others and have been forced to pattern our live's on being "self sufficient". How so very "isolating" and "lonely" that is when you really stop and think about it. We just do not trust each other, and never have. It's that simple.
There have "always" been strings attached that prevent's "serendipitous thought" and communication to occur. What I have also defined as "Divine thought and communication". Just as "coincidences" and "serendipity" are not "accidents", in that they are Divine.
Here is the truth, IMHO, and that is the more we consider and appeal to the welfare of other's; other's will indeed insure our own welfare. No strings attached. Now here's the catch. It can only work from the "top-down" as those who have in abundance what it takes whether it be knowledge, talent, skill's, labor, wealth (in the beginning) to "lift" those who have less by providing them the freedom and ability to "rise" on their own, in their own time. That is "love" personified and it is "unrequited". Are we capable of such "selflessness"? I choose to believe we are. To consider a "malicious" intent, destroy's my ability to "think clearly".
You will be amazed how rewarding this is. It doesn't matter how small or seemingly insignificant those "selfless acts" are, they will not go un-noticed. Of course as it is now, the ego is constantly in a defense posture that interprets an offer of kindness as a threat as it is conditioned to "look for the strings" and also appearing "weak" in that "who are you to think 'I'
need help". This really exacerbates the problem even more. So you see we are between a rock and a hard spot. How do we surmount the problem we have before us?
Time for me to reel in again. Khethil, I just wanted to help in offering what you are feeling is not your fault. I believe in our eternal future, which puts me in no hurry whatsoever. We have a long way to go. The answer that will take your sorrow away rests in you if you can stop worrying about it so much. That keeps you from thinking "straight". Which only adds to the problem. No "one" is going to solve all the problems that face us. It will be a "group" think kinda deal, once we truly come to our senses.