“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
I believe that Fitzgerald got this exactly right. Literature has the ability to connect us — in an almost mystical way — with the universal elements of the human experience. This applies not only to literature, of course, but to all art — music, dance, painting, photography, film, poetry, etc. Every time an artist creates a genuine expression of their inner spirit, it has the potential to bring humanity closer together, and to draw us further toward a place of true connection and harmony.