|George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950|
No 'brief candle'
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
Each of us is called to a choice: Do we wrap ourselves in self-pity, arrogance, and greed? Or do we step out into the world, risks and all, and declare ourselves to be a contribution, serving each other to the best of our abilities?
The answer will determine the outcome of your life...and the world.