When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
— Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it.
“Woodcutter,” she said, “be of good cheer! I am your Gift Fairy, and I will give you and your family enough to live on. You will have food, and can buy shoes for your son and daughter!”
“Maybe, as I’ve gone on, what I’ve learned as a writer is that you do as little as possible. And part of it is leaving a lot of it up to the reader. And a lot of it is realizing you don’t have to do…