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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 [3], about Joseph Heller [4], another famed author. If you don’t recognize either name, Vonnegut was most well known for Slaughterhouse-Five [5] and Heller for Catch-22 [6].

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 [7])