I’ve heard it said that life is half good and half bad, and of course this is an oversimplification. We are having wildly different experiences, different size pieces of the good-bad pie. The good/bad ratio can even change drastically within one person’s lifetime. I guess the point of the half good/half bad theory is to encourage us to savor the good and not be too surprised or discouraged by the bad. “This too shall pass”, whether it is something considered “good” or “bad”.
You may have already read Maggie Smith’s poem, “Good Bones” since it has apparently gotten quite famous. I just read it today and I encourage you to check it out. Her first line is “Life is short, though I keep this from my children.” She goes on to write about how the world is half beautiful and half terrible. The poem is rather melancholy and I wouldn’t necessarily read it for fun, but nonetheless, it is a piece of art that surely falls under the beautiful, good half of life.
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