I am in some ways a cynical writer, and like to think I am writing to an intelligent, skeptical audience.
Here is a New York Times article a friend of mine sent me as reading for an ongoing conversation between us.
Here it is, it's amazing: Love People, Not Pleasure.
The article discusses Abd al-Rahman, an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. After a long life, he said he had counted his only genuinely happy days, which amounted to 14. This is a man who miserably sleepwalked through life, loving things and using people.Read More