Friday, June 9, 2023

Fortune and Men's Eyes

The Fortune Society is devoted to helping individuals who have been incarcerated. The name derives from a Shakespeare sonnet that begins "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I beweep..." Fortune and Mens Eyes (1971) was also a play and later movie about homosexuality amongst inmates in a prison which btw influenced the creation of the society. But what is fortune? Soothsayers read your fortune or fate and you can also earn a fortune, a use of the word which connotes the idea that fortune will be good, at least in material terms. Caveat emptor! Anyone who has made a fortune will attest that one fortune is never enough. The fortunate are those whose good fortune transcends any bounty that fortune might provide. 

read "What is Philanthropy?" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Everybody is a Star" by Sly and the Family Stone

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