My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Each human being must learn to be the author of his own story: no one is free in the world at large without first being free within. He who wins without risk triumphs without glory.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Life is beautiful and brief like dew drops. My biggest fear is not living it intensely in this short existential trajectory.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would tell Einstein that it was a drastic error to commit his son to the asylum and to never visit him.
The man who knew most about the forces of the universe was defeated by a force of the universe more complex than the physical: the human mind.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. There is no perfect happiness. Being happy is overcoming our neurotic need to always be right, recognizing our mistakes and having the courage to apologize; talking about our tears and teaching our children and students to learn to cry theirs. Being happy is making the small things spectacular in our eyes, making much of little. One who makes little of much is miserable, and needs to purchase dreams of healthy emotion.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. A life without dreams is a sky without stars, a spring without flowers, a mind without creativity. Dreams are not wishes, but life projects.