[July 22, 2022] Do we want to make something better of our life? Yes, of course, we do. If we are to make decisions and have the proper attitude to doing so, then to make our own life better, we should start by maximizing the quality of our life. This is not selfishness. Teaching people to be unbeatable is a noble aim.
You should figure out how to do that in a way that benefits your friends, family, and community. And it would help if you did this with all seriousness because it makes life better for everyone. It reduces a fair bit of the misery that would otherwise be part and parcel of life and makes everything function smoothly.
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone decided to do this. Humans are truly remarkable creatures, and we restrict ourselves badly with deception, resentment, revenge, the desire to make things worse and arrogance. Remember the seven deadly sins, those things that make us deviate from our true path. Our true path should include the noblest aim you can conceptualize and then sacrifice your life to attain it.
There is nothing in that goal that isn’t good for everyone. It requires willingly adopting responsibility; thus, the path is not easy. But it is hard to understand why everyone wouldn’t do that. A few people in our world are empathic sufficiently that they voluntarily invite folks to walk in the light.
We have to consciously decide that we will do everything we can as individuals to walk in the light. And to regard that as a noble and heroic endeavor and make that first in our lives. That is what we should be telling young people to do, and they can do it. This makes them unbeatable.
If you’re not doing what you want to or think you should be doing, you don’t know who you are. If you cannot tell why you behave as you do, especially if you behave badly, then you do not know what is driving you.
If you are diligent in your attempts to identify and fix your errors and aim high, then you are setting yourself on the right path. Even if you do not know what goal to pick, be humble and pick a lowly goal. Then, each day make a slight improvement. Do this every day, and you will quickly see progress.
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