About'Whatever we can achieve through merit and effort, cannot make us truly happy. <...> What a disaster if a woman loved you because you deserved it! <...> [T]here is only one way of achieving happiness on this earth: to believe in the divine and not to aspire to reach it (there is an ironic variation of this in a conversation between Franz Kafka and Gustav Janouch, when Kafka affirms that there is plenty of hope - but not for us). That apparently ascetic thesis becomes intelligible only if we understand the meaning of this not for us". It means not that happiness is reserved only for others (happiness is, precisely, for us) but that it awaits us only at the point where it was not destined for us. That is: happiness can be ours only though magic.'