To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Best in good BASICS

It's not the first time to hear that we learn first the ABCs of  life and living at home through our parent's guidance, church, school and the rest of the people around us. When the fundamentals are set to righteousness and values of seeing things more than what the rest project what it is, then there's no worries facing more challenges as time goes by. As no matter what and in times of both confusion and  temptation, the foundation rules.

Social problems are caused by an individual person and more of them doing the same thing creates a huge effect in the society as a whole. First, it wrecks the very person's life, then the family, the society and the whole nation. If it gets worst, it contaminates the rest of the world population and  we call it human manipulation.

I think we are in this age of people lacking the ability of distinguishing right and wrong. All seem right for some and nothing is wrong. And this narcissistic ideology has greatly affected humanity in a much greater way.

The elemental  con is still greed which others just view as business and for more profit in this deceit of  protecting and offering help to humanity by imposing  theories which they strongly believe are the best.

Sometimes I ask myself why do some people think this way, by lacking ability to see the longer effect of what they're doing and basically unconcern about the years ahead and for the many other generations to come. I remember one song of Michael Jackson on "they don't care about us". All these kinds of  people think in a tiny box which they themselves are the only ones getting edge among the rest which we know aren't really lasting.

Many are blinded on hedonism that whatever they do they just do it for the sake of happiness. Not that I'm not into it but it's never the ultimate goal. If one is set to that vision he'd do anything he wants coordinating the concept regardless of this right or wrong facts. It's the same issue of convenience. People think life is best when it's convenient all the time and they stick to it regardless of the effects and the downside of the choice.

I believe adhering to the truth that doing things right  is always the best thing to do. And knowing what is that right thing affects the person's principles on what's wrong and right. This is not selfish, this requires sacrifice and trust. A person whose basics are of the common good and compassion cares more to the bigger population above himself. It's the same thing of not limiting thoughts on the present but extending it to future and its advantages.  He goes for authentic happiness and convenience that are definitely products of doing what is right. Doing the right thing gives a man peace and serenity and molds wisdom in living this life more abundantly. 

When ones  conviction is on genuine love and selfless motivations, take the credit to good heart and reason inculcated even when still young. Good basics then fuel the ride of this ups and downs of life and so major decisions that play a great definition of not just a single person but the society as a whole.

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