I'll let these fly, as Iris did at the beach, by The Sea the sea...excerpts spoken by Iris Murdoch in the movie "Iris"
"It's like music what we do, the music of the angels; love's the only language everyone understands."
"Language--reading, writing and preserving the eloquence and beauty that language is capable of is terribly important to human beings because it is connected to thought. This is why we must teach students to read and write with great care and attention.
Education doesn't make you happy, nor does freedom. We don't become happy just because we're free, nor if we've just been educated. Education may be the means by which we realize we're happy. It opens our eyes and ears, tells us where delights are lurking, convinces us that there is only one freedom that is essential to happiness, the freedom of the mind. And education gives us the freedom to walk the path we forge to our own happiness.
Human beings love each other in sex, friendship, and when they're in love, and they cherish animals, plants, and our natural surroundings. Our quest for happiness is held in all of this and in the power of our imagination. Every human soul has seen perhaps even before birth the pure forms of justice, temperance, beauty, love and all great qualities of humans. We are moved toward what is Good by the deeply held memory of these pure qualities. We saw these once in a pure light, because of being pure once before, ourselves.
We need to believe in something divine, without necessarily the need for God, something you might call Love or Goodness. As the Psalm 139 says:
Whither shall I go from thy spirit
Whither shall I flee from thy presence.
If I acsend up in to heaven, thou art there:
If I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the outermost parts of the sea,
even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.