i wish i could sit on a green grassy hill with my best friend and eat ice cream and watch the sun set and feel like everything was going to be okay.
"We’ve been friends for 43 years. Every few years, we meet for a few hours, and pick right back up."
[The modern Western economist] is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.
There were boxes everywhere she could see. She felt she was packing bits and pieces of her heart, rather than scattered objects from 28 years at 135 Sunset Lane. Not too recently ago, her life had become a constant stream of leavings. People leaving, her leaving, family leaving—it was all too much. She demanded a cease-fire. But life was deaf to cries it likely could not heed.