“….lift people up, not lower them down.”

In a 1940 essay titled “The Almond Trees”, Albert Camus acknowledges that “It is indeed true that we live in tragic times.”

However, he points out, we would do well not to “confuse tragedy with despair.”

He writes: “We must mend what has been torn apart, make justice imaginable again in a world so obviously unjust, give happiness a meaning once more to peoples poisoned by the misery of the century.”

This task, he asks us to keep in mind, is a part of the human condition — it “is endless.”

As we set about this endless task, E B White’s thoughts, in a 1969 Paris Review conversation (though on the role of writers), is a message for each of us to embody through our entire lives. “He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down.”

Peace 😊

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