Heaven And Other Things We Imagine And Create
“The universal longing for heaven is not about immortality so much as the wish for a world in which everyone is always kind.”
~ Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts”.
I thought that was a provocative idea. However, I would guess people, if they could inhabit a world where everyone is always kind, might also want to live there forever. But I like Ms. Cain’s idea because it emphasizes the demand many people have for inhabiting environments where everyone is kind.
The Appeal Of Texting
Susan Cain also speculated that: “Texting is popular because in an overly extroverted society, everyone craves asynchronyous, non-F2F communication.”
That is an interesting theory . . . probably true. There’s something very attractive about having a private communication waiting for you when you next want one – a communication that, unlike a face-to-face conversation, doesn’t require you to think up a response immediately, but rather allows you all the time you want to figure out how best, if at all, to respond.
Most Days, I Am A Failure
Most days, I fail at several things I am persistently attempting. Most days, in many ways, I am a failure.
On many days, I fail at becoming healthier. Many days I fail at making my family wealthier. Most days I don’t think of novel ideas to share with others.
But on the few, uncommon days when a new and possibly worthwhile idea comes to mind, I make a record of those ideas and I share them with others. This characteristic may make me different from many others.
For many of us, life may not be about “doing better” or “being clever” every day or even most days. But on the few days when you come across something you think might make things better for yourself and others, maybe take the time to write it and share it with others. Those days are rare for almost everyone. So, on those rare days, it’s often kind and valuable to share those events and ideas with others.
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