A loved one was being conferred last week with a Master’s degree. I sat in the graduation ceremony audience filled with awe- proud, and content with life. Then the guest speaker provoked with this challenge: “What does it take to lead a good life?” And her answer shamed me. I did not like it. Will you?
I was thrilled to be in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney last week to watch the graduation of 150 or so students, for many their young lives stretching out in front of them, filled with possibilities; for those more ‘mature’, a new milestone of achievement, evolution and opportunity.
Then the guest speaker spoke about what it takes to live a ‘good life’, which she surmised was different from a happy life, and does not come from university degrees, big careers or ‘good works’. Rather, she inferred, ‘living a good life’ is built around one thing and one thing alone. I did not like what it said about me. How about you? This is it: