"Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves."
— Alain de Botton
"Be curious, not judgmental."
I am not arguing against personal responsibility but for a greater and more expansive view of those who suffer. Many variables are involved in human suffering and tragedy and those who judge with no reflection or cognitive depth do harm to their fellow fragile humans who struggle and suffer in this life.
exaltation in the changing of the Muses;
I have been versed in the reasonings of men;
but Fate is stronger than anything I have known." Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.
"It is the tragedian's task, then, to force us to confront an almost unbearable truth: every folly or myopia of which any human being in history has been guilty may be traced back to some aspect of our collective nature. Because we each bear within ourselves the whole of the human condition, in its worst and best aspects, any one of us might be capable of doing anything at all, or nothing, under the right—or rather the most horribly wrong—conditions."
Alain de Botton (Status Anxiety)