I’ve Got Enough

Here’s a story I’d love to share with you, about two of my very favorite authors: Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.

I read Catch-22 in high school and credit Heller with influencing my perspective and sense of humor.

I read Mother Night (after stumbling upon the movie while flipping channels) and I’m grateful that Vonnegut touched my soul through his words.

So the story I’m referring to was written by Vonnegut as part of his obituary for his friend, Heller.

It goes something like this:

These two authors are at a party thrown by a wealthy financial advisor.

Kurt asked Joe if it bothers him that their host makes more in a day than Heller ever made from writing the classic Catch-22.

Joe replies, according to Kurt, “I’ve got something he can never have… the knowledge that I’ve got enough.”

How do you define “enough”?

Is it attainable?

Then congratulations, you’re well on your way there.

What do you think?

(Link: https://genius.com/Kurt-vonnegut-joe-heller-annotated)