Phaedrus - The cases of men

A man complained of his fate; then Aesop, in order to console him, invented this story.
A ship was tossed about by a furious storm; among the passengers there were tears, and terror of dying; suddenly, the weather changes and clears up; the ship, now safe, begins to navigate driven by favorable winds, the sailors let themselves be transported by unbridled exultation. Then the helmsman, made wise by the dangers, said: "One must rejoice with measure and weep with moderation; all life is a mixture of joy and sorrow."

[ Cum de fortunis quidam quereretur suis,
Aesopus finxit consolandi gratia:

Vexata saevis navis tempestatibus,
Inter vectorum lacrimas et mortis metum
Faciem ad serenam subito ut mutatur dies,
Ferri secundis tuta coepit flatibus
Nimiaque nautas hilaritate extollere.
Factus periclis tum gubernator sophus:
«Parce gaudere oportet et sensim queri,
Totam aeque vitam miscet dolor et gaudium». ]
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"all life is a mixture of joy and sorrow"
Not convinced. Reality isn't as easy.

I'm not religious at all and left the catholic church (not the least because of the systematic protection for child abusing priests).
There are a few fragments that I still remember from school for one or the other reason: Have you ever read the "Book of Job" in the Bible? That thing as awful! (no wonder – there are even worse parts in the Bible). The Book of Job boils down to "Just believe in God and everything, no matter how bad, will turn out good again at some point. After the rainstorm there will be sun… just have faith." and so on.
 
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"all life is a mixture of joy and sorrow"
Not convinced. Reality isn't as easy.
@KleinesSinchen , It seems pretty obvious to me. A judgment expressed by various sages, in the West as well as in the East. Why do you disagree? Do you want to say that your life is only sorrow without joy?

Just believe in God and everything, no matter how bad, will turn out good again at some point. After the rainstorm there will be sun
I completely agree, despite not being a Christian. One must always move forward and not expect anything. When everything seems to be going wrong, if you hang in there, soon things will get better. I have always had confirmation of this.😊
 

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