Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed. -Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist (22 Apr 1914-2002)
This was thanks to A Word A Day, Anu Garg's wonderful site. It made me feel better, because the error is not simply common among the young. We oldsters suffer from that misapprehension as well.
It's like the Doctor said (although I wildly paraphrase); just because you can't get rid of the big pile of bad things in someone's life, doesn't mean you can't add to their pile of good things.
If you can't save the world, you save one person. If you can't save one person, you try to make their life at least a little better. And when we do those things, we triumph, even if we don't always win.
So there you go. And I may find some other good things to think about throughout the day because I think we need to remember good things as much as possible.
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