“Look,” Dubreuilh said, “You are going to start writing again one of these days?”

“Oh, not today in any case,” Henri said.

“Well, what’s the difference if it’s today or tomorrow?”

“I’m pretty sure it won’t be tomorrow either… Actually, it’s your fault,” Henri said. … “You preached action to me, and action got me fed up with literature. Why should people give a damn about what I think, what I feel?” Henri said. “My little personal stories don’t interest anyone, and history, the big story, isn’t in my opinion a fit subject for a novel.”

“But we all have our little personal stories which don’t interest anyone,” said Dubrueilh. “That’s why we’re always discovering ourselves in our neighbor’s. And if we know how to tell them well, in the end we wind up interesting everyone.”

from The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir

Allegra Lovejoy is a young adult devoted to spirituality and sustainability. She has worked at The Food Project in Boston, MA and currently works at an environmental nonprofit in New Jersey managing community programs and developing an urban farm in Trenton. She also works with Hindu advocacy organizations, especially serving the youth. Allegra graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, focusing on development, conflict, and environmental issues in South Asia. She draws inspiration from teachers and authors including Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King Jr, CS Lewis, Vandana Shiva, Wendell Berry, Hafiz, Thich Nhat Hanh, Radhanath Swami, and traditional Hindu teachings.

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