I’m a firm believer in the power of fiction in our lives. Want to know how to tell a good story as a journalist? Read good stories.
Below is an excerpt from Hermann Hesse’s 1922 novel Siddhartha, a masterful work that has translated the struggle for nirvana for generations of readers. It’s an easy, cheap and enlightening read, so pick it up today. This one is $2.25 on Amazon. Change your life for less than five bucks.
Siddhartha speaks to his old friend Govinda as they sit by the river.
“And here is a doctrine at which you will laugh. It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”