Existentially, we are here. Somehow it is in our nature to ask, "Why? How? what does this mean?" Thus the search for essence proceeds from the particular nature of our sentience in the context of our existential situation. Perceiving finitude, we conceive infinity. Perceiving imperfection, we conceive perfection. It may be the perfection of good or of ill. Not only does our sentience seem to invite ideals and limit cases that lie outside the range of actual experience, but all the things that do lie within our experiential range seem capable of exhibiting a halo of more than "ordinary" significance. And, just as the physical things of our world give every evidence of having an existence that lies outside of our mind, so these essential phenomena seem to give evidence of a world of meaning that exists prior to any exercise of personal will.