Being, as Aristotle said, a creature that desires to know, man cannot endure for long the absence of meaning. And meaning, in its most basic sense, is pattern. If man cannot find pattern in his world, he will try by any means at his disposal to create it, or at least to imagine it. if a jar is not available, then a stump or a tin can will do. Waiting for Godot is the story of two vegabonds who impose on their slovenly wilderness an illusory, but desperately defended, pattern: waiting.