Thoughts

It’s lucky that it happened to you.

“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” Marcus says in one of his imaginary dialogs. Then he corrects himself: “No. It’s fortunate that this has happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it–not shattered by the present or frightened of the future. It could have happened to anyone. But not everyone could have remained unharmed by it.” This …

Worry is pointless

Humble people worry less than the arrogant. Why is that? Because they aren’t so conceited as to think they have any idea (or control over) what may or may not happen. The poet Rilke put it well: “Life is not even close to being as logically consistent as our worries; it has many more unexpected …

Unraveling

People may call what happens at midlife ‘A Crisis,’ but it’s not. It’s an unraveling – A time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of …

South Africa schedules bad luck

This should end well for everyone in South Africa: The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties …

Just do the right thing.

It is one of the unnamed characters in Aeschylus’s play Agamemnon that utters the damning line: “We spoil ourselves with scruples, long as things go well.” What he means is that most of us are fairweather do-gooders. We love to talk a good game. We’ll give (of our time, money, effort) when it’s easy, but …

Don’t Whine, Don’t Weep

The environmentalist and novelist Edward Abbey produced one of the greatest books about nature in American history when he wrote Desert Solitaire, about his time as a park ranger at Arches National Park. Although much of the book confirms Seneca’s line, Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum (The world itself is a huge temple …