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    smileycreek

    Life is about what we can have.  Regrets are never chosen.  Instead, they're forced on you by circumstances: poverty; lack of opportunity thanks to a lack of education, connections, social support, etc.; the apparent mutual exclusion between surviving and thriving; the conflict between the needs of the present versus the needs of the future; one's own physical and mental limitations, and so on.

    I take a certain amount of grim comfort in coming to terms with the fact that whatever it was I wanted to have, do, or be was never a possibility, if only because I didn't want it at all until it was too late to start.  There's no point in feeling bad about things you have no control over.  I've found that having values and the desire to live them and express oneself are wasted on impotence and a life full of "have to's".

    Besides, the dream is always better than the reality.

    To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

    by Visceral on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 01:43:13 PM PST

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