Monday, October 11, 2004

Success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."

This is by far the best quote I've ever seen in my life. If even a quarter of us can achieve a fraction of the type of good that this quote suggests is essential for true success, imagine the world we could live in. Ghandi once said you should "be the change you want to see in the world." However, for various reasons (poor political & social leadership, eroding social values, more emphasis on financial success, etc...) we have become a society that tends to settle for the same instead of fight for change. It's a personal choice within each and everyone of us, and it just seems like we're too lazy to put the effort in to create real change, and with it, a better place to live. Maybe I'm just being idealistic, but only in a society like we live in today could that be considered a bad thing.


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