Having Enough

Deborah KayBy Deborah KayJune 11, 20223 Minutes

We were talking about billionaires and a friend once asked me, “what is poor?” To which a quote from Seneca came to mind:

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” – Seneca

I love this story of  story of Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22 and Kurt Vonnegut at a billionaire’s party on some remote island where Kurt says to Joseph, “how do you feel, knowing that no matter how many Catch 22 books you sell, you will never have more money than our host?”

Joseph replies, “I have something that he will never have. I have enough.”

Socrates also said,

“The secret of happiness, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less”. – Socrates


Questions that I am pondering:

  • At what point do you decide that you have enough? Will you be happy at that point?
  • When you reach the point when you have enough, does it mean you have lost your ambition or lost the will to strive for more?
  • How does this tie with the role of struggle in the meaning of life?

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