From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual” by Arnold Kunst
Every one of us was born utterly deficient in this, or in that; each of us has been dealt with an utterly despairing hand – and now we’re meant, somehow, to play out that hand, morphing it into success. Even so, be assured you’ll get all of what counts on this side of the grave by taking seriously any one of the abiding urges – the innocent, abiding urges – you just can’t escape, and pursuing it with the persistence and imagination that success in any human endeavor demands. In other words, you’re to pursue it with the relentless single-mindedness of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly. To change the metaphor, you’re to bloom where you’re planted like a flower blossoming incongruously at 14,000 feet on some sheer alpine rock face.