Rewriting Reality

Unable to determine what they can or cannot change, 
some people attempt to “rewrite reality,” 
i.e., to alter the nature of the metaphysically 'given' (the fact that 'it is'). 
Some dream of a universe in which man experiences nothing but happiness
—no pain, no frustration, no illness—
and wonder why they lose the desire to improve their life on earth. 
Some feel that they would be brave, honest, ambitious 
in a world where everyone automatically shared these virtues
—but not in the world as it is. 
Some dread the thought of eventual death
—and never undertake the task of living.
Ayn Rand : Philosophy : Who Needs It