O’Brien: He Is Rich

“It is essential to have nothing to keep the riches he has been given. Yes, he is rich – he is a man who can distill sight and insight on bits of salvaged paper; he is a man who can enjoy taking the garbage down to the corner; he can chat with fishermen and carpenters and housewives, never as condescension but as the replenishment of his true self. Everyday he can swim in the greatness of the ordinary. This is freedom, and he is grateful for it. It is all good, just as it is.”

– Michael O’Brien, Island of the World (p. 777)

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