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Love is the best collocation for your life.

October 27, 2013

Are you satisfied with your life? Today, the average salary of an employee is far from satisfaction. It’s getting harder to accumulate one’s fortune. Many young couples could not afford to buy a house, and many of them even depend on the older generation to raise their own kids. In that case, how can we pursue our happiness? More than 150 years ago, Thoreau proposed a great perspective that can stand the test of time. We have seen too many despicable acts in our society. It is reported almost every day that Taiwanese merchants are now selling tainted food and making tremendous profits. This is definitely not the right way to happiness; instead, it is the way to hell. Live a humble and a noble life. Want less; you’ll have more.

David Henry Thoreau ( 1817-1862 ) / Walden Pond

Love your life

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace. The town’s poor seem to me often to live the most independent lives of any. Maybe they are simply great enough to recieve without misgiving. Most think that they are above being supported by the town; but it oftener happens that they are not above supporting themselves by dishonest means, which should be more disreputable. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old, return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

盧梭 / 湖濱散記

熱愛生活

不管你的生活有多卑微,面對它吧,把生活進行下去;不可逃脫,也不能報以惡言。生活還不及你壞呢。你最富有的時候,它反而最貧瘠。人若愛挑剔,天堂也能被他挑出毛病。哪怕貧窮,你也要熱愛生活。快樂、興奮和光榮的時光甚至在救濟院裡也享受得到。反射在那裏窗上的落日光芒,和照在有錢人家窗上的陽光是一樣的明亮,門前的積雪也同樣是在早春融化。在我的眼裡,一個心態平和的人,他思想樂觀,處事泰然,居住在救濟院裡就像居住在皇宮裡一樣。在我看來,鎮上的窮人們往往過著最獨立自在的生活。他們一定足夠偉大,不然豈能欣然接受。大多數人以為自己不依靠城鎮養活,認為自己超凡脫俗,但情況往往更是,他們利用不正當的手段做為謀生之計,這些讓他們更加聲名狼藉。像聖人那樣,對待貧窮就像對待園子裡的草木,耕耘它吧。不要自找麻煩的去尋求新事物,新朋友或者是新衣服,去找舊的,回歸舊有之物。萬物並沒有改變,變的是我們。衣帽可以賣掉,但思想應該保留。

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