The Uphill Slide

There is always something.


“Well,” said Candide to Martin, “I hope you will own that this man is the happiest of all mortals, for he is above everything he possesses.” “But don’t you see,” answered Martin, “that he dislikes everything he possesses? Plato said a long time ago that the best stomachs are not those which refuse all food.” “True,” said Candide, “but still there must certainly be pleasure in criticising everything, and in seeing faults where others think they see beauties.” “That is,”replied Martin, “there is a pleasure in having no pleasure.” (Voltaire, 1992, p. 111)


Voltaire. (1922)  Candide (Henry Morley, Trans.). New York, NY:  Barnes and Nobles Books. (Original work published 1759)