My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Each human being must learn to be the author of his own story: no one is free in the world at large without first being free within. He who wins without risk triumphs without glory.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Thinking about death. I think it puts an end to a fascinating life. On the other hand, I take comfort in thinking that life is a grand text, and death is just a comma, because the text is still being written in eternity.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Voyaging the world of ideas; having contact with nature, appreciating the shapes of the leaves, the decomposing logs, flowers; being in contact with children--they draw out the child within me.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. There is no perfect happiness. Being happy is overcoming our neurotic need to always be right, recognizing our mistakes and having the courage to apologize; talking about our tears and teaching our children and students to learn to cry theirs. Being happy is making the small things spectacular in our eyes, making much of little. One who makes little of much is miserable, and needs to purchase dreams of healthy emotion.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. People have easy access to me.