We are suspended in a struggle in the name of something that does not exist, but seems to us as though it does, or at least as though it could.  We identify with one another according to a predicate that we do not share, or perhaps according to a shared, non-predicable core.  But this shared non-predicable core is as hypothetical as that in the name of which we struggle.  This is what it means to be in and carry the Ark, and it is as impossible as both carrying and being carried by a vessel - which doesn't mean that it can't happen; on the contrary, this is precisely the type of impossibility that unveils a higher necessity. But it has to do so retroactively. The series of efforts must necessarily continue, despite the impossibility of reaching their goal, so that a new meaning can unexpectedly burst forth and make sense of the whole series.