An ancient legend says that there was a time when all men were gods or godlike, but they so abused their divinity that the lord god decided to take it away from men and hide it where they would never find it. Where to hide it became the big question.
When the lesser gods were called in council to consider this question, they said, "We will bury man's divinity deep in the earth." But the lord said, "No, that will not do, for man will dig deep down into the earth and find it."
Then they said, "Well, we will sink his divinity into the deepest ocean." But again the lord replied, "No, not there, for man will learn to dive into the deepest waters, will search out the ocean bed, and will find it."
Then the lesser gods said, "We will take it to the top of the highest mountain and there hide it." But again the lord replied, "No, for man will eventually climb every high mountain on earth. He will be sure some day to find it and take it up again for himself."
Then the lesser gods gave up and concluded, "We do not know where to hide it, for it seems there is no place on earth or in the sea that man will not eventually reach."
Then the lord said, "Here is what we will do with man's divinity. We will hide it deep down in man himself, for he will never think to look for it there."
Ever since then, the legend concludes, man has been going up and down the earth, climbing, digging, diving, exploring, searching for something that is already in himself.