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Never let your naive desire for a quaint ideal like happiness interfere with your ability to do worthwhile work.
October 3, 2002 11:01 AM
The world pivots and changes radically upon quaint, naive ideals striven for but never, ever fully attained, thank G-d.
The world would be a far harsher connection of family huts and caves, each batteling for their local share of berries and rabbit pelts, without a belief and effort towards quaint, naive, and perhaps unreachable ideals.
EG: America may never become the "New Jerusalem" our forefathers idealised. But, we're so much closer than those who never try. So much more.
"Impossible" ideals are what got us this far, no matter of consequence that we've never achieved any of these fully, but that is besides the point of the matter; Really, it is... It's the process, not the result that makes us man and not animal, that make us holy and not carnal-total.
And, that all follows for us as individuals, too. We're all called to be heros, but some of us never believe, or even try. And that's the crux of all sin.
Posted by rob adams on October 4, 2002 12:55 PM
Yet not only needn't you be happy every waking moment, you shouldn't want to. Worthwhile things most always require hard work. Some require even greater sacrifices. Hard work is often miserable, wretched, draining and lonely; and sacrifices yet more so. But to have lived and not done anything worthwhile, that would be the least happy life of all.
Posted by M on October 5, 2002 4:04 PM
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