Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Friends, Peter Maurin was a French Catholic social activist, theologian, and a De la Salle Brother who founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 with Dorothy Day.
Maurin expressed his philosophy through short pieces of verse that became known as “Easy Essays.”
Here is a reflection from one of his “Easy Essays.”
The world would be better off if people tried to become better.
And people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.
For when everybody tries to become better off, nobody is better off.
But when everybody tries to become better, everybody is better off.
Everybody would be rich if nobody tried to become richer.
And nobody would be poor if everybody tried to be poorest.
And everybody would be what he ought to be if everybody tried to be what he wants the other fellow to be.