By being always just out of reach, always just beyond our understanding. Ineffable, mysterious, it goads us to reach outside ourselves, to stretch, to win the impossible, and if failing, to look forward with the expectation that we will win, eventually.
The grail is that spirit within us that keeps us fighting in the face of overwhelming odds, that makes us try, try and try again. It's the essence that allows a heart-broken lover to decide to love again. The power that drives the javelin-thrower to throw further, that gets the little engine up the incline.
If the grail didn't exist, would life have a point? I think not. Aengus help us if it is ever found!
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It's an inspired question, Jeb.
Mary Stewart tackled this question in her Merlin Trilogy. Merlin knew where the Grail lay buried but didn't reveal its whereabouts because the time would come "when men would need a quest".
I guess the Grail, in one form or another is still out there. It's some intangible that sets us seeking beyond our everyday existence, beyond the mundane. It's an ideal that the poets would have recognised immediately -- a wraith, tantalising, just beyond our grasp.