Posts Tagged ‘maturity’

Happiness and maturity: scarcer than you think

January 17, 2016

Andre Malraux once asked a Catholic priest what he had learned about people in 50 years of listening to confessions.  The priest replied that (1) people are much more unhappy than you would expect and (2) there is no such thing as an adult.

I thought about this when I read a blog post entitled How Bad Are Things? by a psychiatrist named Scott Alexander.   However bad things are, it’s highly unlikely you’re the only one (of whatever it is).

Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity

December 28, 2014

Eleanor RooseveltTo be mature you have to realize what you value most.  It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity.

They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them.  They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own…. 

Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste.  You have missed the whole point of what life is for.

==Eleanor Roosevelt.