What makes life worth living?
This is the sub-title of Hugh Mackay’s latest title The Good Life and is a good indication of what the book is about. When we say we are living the good life we usually mean we have, money, time and the freedom to do as we please, but when we say someone led a “good life” we mean something entirely different and this is where Hugh Mackay is coming from. He highlights the way ordinary people can sacrifice a little and be thoughtful enough to make all our lives more pleasurable. It is a theme common to many religions and proverbs. You reap what you sow, treat others how you would like to be treated yourself, the story of the good samaritan. Much of the advise your mother or grandmother may have given you will be reflected in these pages, so it may not be anything new to you but a good reminder of the ideal way to behave within our family, our workspace and our community. What Hugh is saying is that what is good for the family and community is also going to make us happy and contented in the long run.
So…keep buying the lotto tickets if you like but you may well end up giving your winnings away.