Contentment

The Professor of Management Science at Stanford, Robert Sutton, writes in an April 2010 article titled “Do You Have Enough? Or Do You Keep Lusting For More More More for Me Me Me?” that  “Certainly, some people need more than they have, as many people on earth still need a safe place to live, enough good food to eat, and other necessities. But too many of us are never satisfied and feel constantly slighted, even though — by objective standards — we have all we need to live a good life.”

He goes on to credit the wise Kurt Vonnegut for this realization. “I got this idea from a lovely little poem that Kurt Vonnegut published in The New Yorker called “Joe Heller,” which was about the author of the renowned World War II novel Catch 22….the poem describes a party that Heller and Vonnegut attended at a billionaire’s house. Heller remarks to Vonnegut that he has something that the billionaire can never have, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.””

In Shakespeare’s “Henry VI (Part 3)”, King Henry is asked “But, if thou be a king, where is thy crown?”  He answers:

“My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.”

Peace 😊

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