If you are not a failure by your own standards, you haven't set them high enough.
I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you until about six months ago.
I don't always agree with me either.
which contains hidden variables.
But it might be worthwhile to turn it on its head.
Many years ago, in the midst of a turbulent period of my life, when money was thrown at all kinds of problems, I happened to say to a close friend that my wants for a contented existence were based on a few very simple requirements.
"Ah," he replied, "but that doesn't make them any easier to obtain."
Camus says one must imagine Sisyphus happy. Was Moses content on Mount Nebo overlooking the Promised Land? Good subject for a one-act there.
I never got very far with that particular essay. Can only say that in my experience, perseverance always results in a rewarding breakthrough of one kind or another. Not necessarily the imagined fulfilment, but a better reality.
Moses, I suspect, would have been emotional, but not wholly unhappy. It had all been worth it for the Israelite nation. He, after all, was headed for the real Promised Land of which their journey was only a kind of cipher. He was privileged to have gained that view and might have entered there himself had he not in a moment of human weakness arrogated God's power to himself.
At least two acts, I think :)
A play, yes!
Neil Simon wrote a play called God's Favorite based on the book of Job, one of my favorites. JB by Archibald MacLeish is good too, but not as funny (in my view). I think Moses and God would have had an interesting conversation that day on the Mountain -maybe there are your two acts -Mountain One and Mountain Two.
Best Friends Animal Society (http://www.bestfriends.org)
© 2013 Red Room Omnimedia Corporation. All rights reserved.