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.
Some thought Henri Nouwen was wasting his life when he became a member of the L’Arche community in Ontario. What he had done, though, was a beautiful thing.
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.)