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James Shelley wrote in yesterday’s Caesura Letter called “Hopelessness and Determination”

In particular this quote;

The American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) wrote: the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. (Fitzgerald 1936)

I had to re-read this several times until it finally sunk in, there are always going to be challenges and the determination to change things is what helps motivation work. As I’m sure we have all experienced this can be very difficult at times, but when we look at the alternative it is important to keep trying.


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