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writing matthew

i can hear you singing in the corners of my brain

There are only two reasons to do anything.

One is because it is needful.

The other is because it brings joy to you or others.

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What a beautiful thing to read first thing on a Monday morning! Thank you.

Do you mind if I quote you?
Not at all.
That is very wise.

I seem to have trouble with the range of things I define as needful.
Yep. Got the t-shirt.
Or in the case of milking cows, it's a combination of both.

Needful because without the milk you can't make cheese. Joyful because just image how good it feels to the cows to get that thing empty!!

(This message brought to you by Cummer's Perversion of Wisdom Service. Just remember our motto, Hey, we made Socrates look stoopid. )
Poor cows.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful" (William Morris).
I find 'beautiful' there is a bit restrictive, because there is not necessarily a complete overlap between 'gives joy/pleasure' and beauty. Though I might make a case for the inner beauty of e.g. tatty old paperbacks.
Beauty can be in sentiment. *g*

Thus the "believe."

(One's spouse or aged dog might also fall under those qualifications, especially after a number of years. ;-) )

Also, tatty paperbacks have a high R-value.
What a lovely way of putting it.
Do you ever have trouble prioritizing this? Should you do things that bring joy to others more often than you? What if 'needful' doesn't bring joy that often?
Value judgments are not the Zen.

Think about that word "should" and where it's coming from.
I like.

And my avgolemono falls under both!
Yes.
I'm glad you phrased that the way you did. It manages to include things that are fun for fun's sake, as well as real responsibility - while simultaneously excluding fun that harms others, or things that do no harm but absolutely no good or joy to anyone.
I really needed to read this today, and didn't know it until I had read it. Thank you.
In a book on the Arts and Crafts movement, I ran across a quote from a period piece, I think a newspaper, in which a family decided to have a "William Morris day" and went through all their stuff. Dad would hold up a thing.

"Does anyone know this to be useful?"

"Does anyone find this to be beautiful?"

If it fails those tests, it went in the nineteenth-century equivalent of the Goodwill pile.

I have tried to use this test on many things since then, ad it seems to sum up a lot. Especially with the codicil philosophy of "Make the useful everyday things beautiful".
Beautifully said.