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“If life is a question, would your answer be Yes or No?”

Many years ago, Esquire magazine posed this question to a number of thinkers.

The playwright Samuel Beckett responded:

“My answer is no. Life is awful. Grimace and bear it.”

The writer Isaac Bashevis Singer responded:

“My answer is yes. Life is God’s novel. Help him write it.”

And then there’s this; the poet Wallace Stevens wrote:

“Under every No lies a passion for Yes that has never been broken.”

In spite of all the tragedies and problems and failures and heartaches in the world, it just may be that it all boils down to this: am I living my life as a Yes or as a No?