JOYS OF LIFE
Life can be filled with joyous moments. Joy
can come from working the land, agriculture, which affords healthful toil
and a reward to the diligent husbandman; the chase of the hunt maintains the
vigour of those who rejoice in abundant physical energy. The scholar may
forget present troubles in the society of the great men of the past, and the
poet may enjoy in the ever fresh beauties of nature. The mutual affection
between husband and wife is enjoyable, and likewise the affection between
parents and children; the company of friends and fellow-students is
enjoyable and lightens labour and brightens the spirit.
Country people enjoy their simple games and
festivals, and stories round their living rooms. Religious worship lifts
rich and poor above the distraction of present cares.
But the two most enjoyable kinds of life
that is impossible to destroy is the enjoyment of the high-souled thinker
who is raised above the ordinary course of human affairs, and that of the
simple countryman who has never risen to higher desires than the
satisfaction of the commonest needs of man.