Reality is an Upper

“I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality, because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy.  Flip out into too much reality and you get corrosive cynicism. . . flip out into too much possibility and you get irrelevant idealism, which sounds very different, but . . . both take us out of the action.”  Because neither addresses the reality of our problems.

That last bit is a paraphrase of the rest of the quote by Parker Palmer on the Bill Moyers program February 20.  You can download this from http://www.PBS.org, the Bill Moyers blog.  Interesting thoughts.
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It made me wonder where did we ever get the notion that it is more fun to beat up on other people than it is to learn from them.  Watch the three-year-old who sees her first kitten; look at the 8 year old who has learned to read and opens up his first grand mental adventure; rejoice with the teenager who has discovered the power of her choices, minute to minute, to mold a future filled with possibilities.

The joy of accomplishing really good things is the joy of learning how things really work.