What is it that all humans share?

Part 2 of 9 in the series Spirituality

The word “longing” is something that is common to us all.

It may be a longing for happiness, for connection, for acceptance or many other reasons, but we all have the propensity to long for something ‘other’ than what reality offers us now. LISN can help you identify your longings.

We don’t just long for anything, we long for ‘better,’ not ‘worse’.

Humans all have some sense of conscience or moral orientation which is deeply personal. We all define what is good. Our spiritual compass seems to know the difference between what is good and bad, even when we overpower this awareness.

We are all connected…

But how? What does humanity have in common? More importantly, what is it that I value in myself and also see in others? The search for a higher power or calling is what spirituality is all about.
(More detailed explanation of the options is below this Interactive Question SurveyIQS)

Desire to Improve

The human desire for constant improvement is what makes the world tick. It drives innovation, creation and spiritual growth. The desire for more is what gives life excitement. It gives us something to look forward to–something to work for. It gives us a sense of purpose in life. It drives us to be the best people we can be. It drives us to create amazing value with our talents and skills. It drives us to fulfill the lives of others as we fulfill our own.

The desire for more is what makes this world such a great, exciting place to live. It makes life worth living, rather than simply existing. Self improvement is all about the desire for more. We want more of ourselves, and we want to experience more of life.


“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Creation brings satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take organized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty. “

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

LISN can help you identify your inherent creativity.

Search for Meaning

Humans share the desire to understand the meaning of life, ‘why are we here, in this body, at this time?’ 

Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaningcontains this wisdom:
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your  freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.”

LISN can help you identify your current sense of meaning.


Humans want to know their strengths and their weaknesses, and focus on those things they are good at and enjoy. Such awareness allows us to change and grow.

For example: How successful do you think you are in trying to match your intentions with your actions? Do you walk the talk? Is that important to you?

LISN can help you improve your awareness by allowing you to choose those life questions that resonate with you.

When we talk about our-selves, who are we talking to? And to whom or what are we appealing to

when we question ourselves? What is that ‘observer view’ we take when we are self-analytical or self-critical? Our Xconscious self is complex.

Colin Tipping says:

“The moment we begin to attempt a definition of self, what becomes clear is that we are not a singular self at all. We are, in fact, a whole community of selves. And the multitude of selves don’t always agree with each other. They may have different agendas, which means that at any moment they will be arguing different and even opposing cases.”
We all face our own mirror of reality, do we not?
LISN can help identify the various selves that struggle within us.

Awareness of `Other`

Humans share a common desire to be with other humans, and not only be with, but to be aware of the existence of others’ personalities.

Psychology, science and religion all agree on one major common desire, the intention to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves, commonly known as the Golden Rule.

LISN can help you define your awareness of what your beliefs and intentions are, and where they don’t match your behavior, without judging you.

Below is a piechart of all votes in each category.


Below is a chart of the percentages of all votes about what humans have in common:

“Let’s be lifted up to see the amount of light that is shining all around us, as we share our own candle of appreciation.”


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