“THE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY French philosopher-mathematician Blaise Pascal once said, “All the troubles of man come from his not knowing how to sit still.”
I would add to this, “…and not knowing when to sit still.”
In 1967, Israel was at war with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. In the midst of what became known as the Six Day War, a reporter asked former British prime minister Harold Macmillan what he thought about the problem in the Middle East.
Without hesitation, the then elder statesman answered, “There is no problem in the Middle East.” The reporter was stunned.
“What do you mean, ‘There is no problem in the Middle East’?” the reporter demanded to know. “Don’t you know there’s a vicious war going on? Don’t you realize that as we are speaking, bombs are falling from the sky, tanks are blowing each other up, and soldiers are being sprayed with bullets? Many people are dead or wounded. What do you mean, ‘There is no problem in the Middle East’?”
The experienced statesman patiently explained”
“Sir, a problem is something with a solution. There is no solution to the Middle East. Therefore it can’t be a problem.”
How much time do we waste in our lives worrying about things that, at the time, have no solution, so aren’t a problem?”
Excerpt From: Brahm, Ajahn. “Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?”.
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