Saturday, September 02, 2006

If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division. – Socrates.

These kind of thoughts are of great comfort to me when I'm whining about some trifle that has me up nights or biting my nails.

2 comments:

matblue said...

Perfectly said. I often had this thought on my "appreciation walk". When we are given even the slightest glimpse of what it means to really suffer we run back to our workable problems. That being said I also believe God, somehow beyond me, gives those who have to endure such misery a quality that helps them carry on. Rarely do humans give up. Amazing considering how miserable life is. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try to relieve them, in fact seeing that the quality of the people that suffer makes me want to help them the more. I would like to steal this quote from you for my blog if I can find a place for it. Thanks ~Matt

FCB said...

So true, "rarely do humans give up"
One in a million takes their own life. And like you said when you consider the immense suffering some go through it really is a miracle.