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God (or whatever) is in the details

Writing in the Financial Times, Simon Kuper describes the creation of Unitaid, an international drugs-purchasing agency which many people have never heard of (briefly, it   has raised $2.2bn to buy medicines for some of the poorest people on earth, largely through a small tax on plane tickets).

Kuper describes the work that went into creating this agency, largely by then French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy and quotes him thus:

“Everything is in the detail,” he told me. “Politics taught me that. And medicine too.” [Kuper concludes] Lives are saved not by ideology or personality but by boring details that hardly anyone wants to read about.

 What a wonderful idea for the people in the world who care about details… that by paying attention to them, great things can be achieved.

Daily life

the true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

William Morris, quoted on The Happiness Project blog