10-second review: Prosperity vs. adversity.
“That the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”
“The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude.”
“Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New….”
“…the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon.”
“…for prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.”
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.