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The Knowledge That I’ve Got Enough

How much is enough?

Check out this poem, written by the late famed author Kurt Vonnegut, about Joseph Heller, another famed author. If you don’t recognize either name, Vonnegut was most well known for Slaughterhouse-Five and Heller for Catch-22.

Joe Heller

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22′
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

Which would you prefer, a billion dollars but the thirst to acquire more, or a mere million and the knowledge you’ve got enough?

(Photo: buriednextotoyou)


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