The fool views himself as more unique and others as more generic; the wise views himself as more generic and other more unique.*
We have the opportunity to expend the maximum effort on behalf of a worthy goal.**
A life wasted and a life fulfilled can be one and the same thing seen, only seen from different perspectives.
To be able to change how we see is the work of wisdom in us, opening up the way of life and possibility:
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.^
(*From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: The uncomfortable combination of effort and acceptance.)
(^George Bernard Shaw, quoted in Bernadette Jiwa’s The Right Story.)