Notes on discontent

“I am sure that a number of mystics would have benefited from a regimen of antidepressants, however, we would all be the poorer.”

– Louise Erdrich

Has occurred to me (as if I were the only one ever to have thought this) that humans need a certain amount of discontent in order to accomplish anything of worth. The trick is to balance it out. Have enough discontent to drive and motivate you and enough awareness of things of joy and beauty to placate yourself in the meantime. The ultimate human juggling act. Easy advice, hard to live by. I guess the key is to always have books and art and music within arm’s reach as well as people who can make you laugh or smile or tell you when you’re making an ass of yourself.

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