Building Contentment With Real Values

March 20, 2011 by  
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So much is going on in the world these days.  So many of us loosing so much.  And so many putting their community ahead of themselves.

Fame, money and power are the qualities we have chosen as a people to measure worth and accomplishments.  We read and watch news about celebrities with excitement.  “He is dating her and she is dating him.  She has a baby and he is no longer with her.”  We would take the opportunity to shake the hands of a celebrity and consider it to be a milestone in our lives.  We know nothing about them as people, but we are impressed by what they represent.  And what is that? A film written by a writer in their home and produced by men and women who either believe it to be of critical importance or that will make them loads of money?

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Making A Choice In A Choiceless World

April 23, 2010 by  
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“We do not choose to be born.  We do not choose our parents.  We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.  We do not, most of us, choose to die, nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death.  But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or in drift.  We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do.  But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decision are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed.”

Joseph Epstein (born January 9, 1937 in Chicago) is an essayist, short story writer, and editor, best known as a former editor of the Phi Beta Kappa Society‘s The American Scholar magazine