✒️On being alive vs. not
Life is too painful for my tastes. I like how E.B. White explains a small part of it.
When asked, “What disturbs him now about himself?” E. B. White answered, ‘I am bothered chiefly by my little fears that are the same as they were almost 70 years ago. I was born scared and am still scared. This has sometimes tested my courage almost beyond endurance.’”
-- E.B. White, quoted in “Notes and Comment by Author,” by Israel Shenker, New York Times, July 11, 1969