Reading for Tuesday, 14 April
In this beautifully written little chapter, Pierre finally at last achieves the peace and satisfaction that he’s been looking for, in the middle of being a POW.
I’ll let you read the chapter for yourself, but there is a large degree of truth in the idea of contentment. When it’s possible to have anything you want (which it pretty much is in the West), you’re never satisfied.
But contentment is found in being satisfied with what you’ve got.
Granted, you’ve got to be careful that you don’t use this as an excuse to think that anybody living in poverty could just cheer themselves up – but nonetheless, this is a good chapter to ponder, if you’re feeling dissatisfied with all the stuff you have in your life.
Also, most interesting at the end – after being looked down upon and the butt of everyone’s jokes for the entire book – Pierre is now looked up to and respected. It’s taken us nine months, but the wheels have turned full circle.