“When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.” Grantland Rice
Even though I may question or even not believe in a heaven, hell or an afterlife, I will live my life in a manner that is in keeping with how I want to be treated by others. It is not because I want to get into heaven or have a better experience in the afterlife, but simply because it is the right thing to do. I do not believe someone should be good only because they are afraid of going to hell, they should be good because it is what they want to do. Living in fear of your actions is not how I want to live my life. I would prefer to live my life the way I feel it should be lived and face the consequences, if there are any, rather than to live and act in fear of the consequences.
I do believe that any harm or ill will I do to others may come back to haunt me, not in an afterlife, but here, while still living. I will do my best not to intentionally harm others. If there comes a time where I do harm someone, I will do my best to reverse the damage, or to make retributions.
“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.” Dennis Wholey
So, you think because you’re a good person, the world owes you? Think again. The person who’s going to get the glory and the rewards meant for you is the prick who was supposedly helping you. The person announcing what you did, appearing to be your friend, is the person who gets the glory. The lying thieves, who make it look like they inspired you to do what you did, get the credit and the glory.
The world does not owe anything to anyone. Life is not fair to anyone. In fact, expect the complete opposite: nice people get trampled on while the lying, thieving, greedy ones get to the top.
Do you deserve what you got? Do they deserve what they got? It doesn’t matter. You will get what you put your mind and your talents against.
Go ahead and tell the bull you’re a vegetarian and see how far that gets you. You overcome the bulls attack by being a matador, using your skill, not hoping life will take care of you. Life takes care of no one, unless they take care of themselves.
The lying thief doesn’t deserve to be rich, and the generous, nice person doesn’t deserve to be poor, but hey, shit happens. Deal with it and go after what you think you ‘deserve’. No one will just hand it to you, that is until you die, at which point you will most likely get what you deserve, but who wants to wait that long?
“Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.” John Locke
What this quote means is that parents are ultimately responsible for how their children grow up and how they act and think. Whether or not parents know it, or acknowledge it, how children turn out is heavily dependent on how the parents raise them.
Many parents question why a child turned out the way he or she did, claiming they did the best they could. In reality, the child turned out a particular way because of the parents, because of what they did, or in most cases, what they didn’t do.
Peer pressure, illness and other things may affect what happens to a child, but the child’s character and inner soul are molded by actions, or inactions of the parents
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What this quote means is that a person shows their true self when they are interacting with people who cannot help them in any way. There are those who are very cordial to those who can help them, then impatient and nasty to those who can’t do anything for them. That is their true character.