The 17th Spanish priest, Baltasar Gracian, wrote that only foolish men are upset by events they cannot control. He said, "Let him who cannot control his impatience take refuge within himself and test his strength in putting up with himself."
I have a friend one year older than I who lives in a state of perpetual anguish. In all his waking hours, he spends his time crying about what is happening on earth and condemns me for taking refuge within myself in the face of events I know I can't control. I also feel that I don't have the education or know-how to bring about my ideal of what the world should be in my lifetime. And what if my ideal is not that of the majority?
I try to tell him that both of us have betweeen five to ten years left. "Let us seek our own happiness and not worry so much about those who are shortchanged in life. Let's look at things this way: If you and I learn how to be happy, we'll at least be two people closer to man's dream of a better world.