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Sunday, August 03, 2014

The challenge of contentment

The good life in ancient China was to be free from work, sit quietly in a house in the mountains, drink wine and contemplate the moon, in the company of your friends and concubine.

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Thanks to cable TV, there is no need to go elsewhere. Whether on holiday or even unemployed, we can stay at home and have drink, pals, sex and watch nature programmes.

The trick is to become the kind of person that can simply enjoy it.


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Unknown said...

What a lovely summation

Sackerson said...

Thank you.

A K Haart said...

I think those Chinese chaps had it about right.

James Higham said...

Never forget that concubine.

Sackerson said...

I often wonder what the concubine was thinking.