by Tom Swift

There’s joy in a life filled with interdependence with others, in a life filled with gratitude, reverence, and admiration. There’s joy in freely chosen obedience to people, ideas, and commitments greater than oneself. There’s joy in that feeling of acceptance, the knowledge that, though you don’t deserve their love, others do love you; they have admitted you into their lives.

-David Brooks, The Road to Character (2015)