The Wisdom of Tolkien … Again …

“The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

It’s so true isn’t it? Decades after this was written we get find another pearl of wisdom from Tolkien. Maybe you saw the movies? Maybe you play LOTR inspired games? Maybe you read all the books? Regardless it’s hard to argue with the Tolkien’s pearls of wisdom. I understand pulling quotes from works can be dangerous when not providing context but some quotes, the context is best left for the reader to discern.

The world is full of hurts and mischances. I often reflect on my life and wonder at moments how I could have done better, what if “X” happened? That doesn’t mean I am not present but don’t we all look back from time to time? We all have yesterdays….

Tolkien doesn’t go out on a limb here, he is providing a simple observation here it should be pretty evident. War, in context, can really mean just about any conflict in your life. For the work he posted in it was in the midst of a large war. We know what traditional war is in our lives, missiles, weapons etc. War can be additional conflict in your life, avoid it if you can. Remember that conflict normally ads to a world full of hurts and mischances.

Keep things simple, avoid conflict if you can and do the best you can, one day at a time.

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