I guess life’s about finding a balance between skepticism and optimism. Over-optimists often find themselves in over their heads. Hard skeptics often find themselves alone and detached. Most people are wired one way or the other, but finding a balance between the extremes is a great way to live with both a dive into the unknown and a tether of caution.
You know what’s strange? We lie compulsively on a daily basis. Often times we lie to ourselves about how happy we really are with our lives. We often lie to ourselves because facing the reality of this broken world is difficult…and facing the reality of a life you don’t love is even worse
Justice and mercy are 2 very different things, but here’s something I noticed about these ideas. They implement themselves very differently in our minds. I realize that when it applies to the shortcomings of someone else, we are all for justice and punishment. However, we’re all too forgiving/merciful when it comes to our own errors.
For a species so gifted at remembering things, we sure are great at forgetting our own mistakes. It’s true. We honestly don’t hold on to our wrongdoings for as long as we do our small past victories. The reason for that being this: we know that we are wrong. Simple as that. We know in our hearts that we are not naturally good people and often it’s easy to bury that down under a fake layer of forgetfulness.
We don’t understand truth in these times. We can’t distinguish lies from facts. It’s straight up annoying. Oh, and you know what the worst part is? There’s no solution for it. There’s never gonna be a time on this earth when the world will speak and accept the truth and nothing but. That’s probably the one truth you can count on. I guess the key to not letting yourself be overcome by the lies around you is to learn. An average citizen that decides to dig deeper into topics than be complacent with whatever they’re given is the media’s worst nightmare. An average citizen armed with knowledge is a thing of horror for the liars on this earth. Don’t let lies keep you uneducated about the world. The truth may be difficult to obtain, but it is certainly worth it. How to continuously obtain it is a question tough to answer.
Stressors are just a part of living. They simply occur in our daily lives and there’s often nothing we can do about them. While it is true that we can’t do anything to really help their existence, we can change the way we view them. Stressors can inflate themselves in your mind and become objects of anxiety and terror, but by keeping your footing firm in courage and not letting emotion overtake your founding principles, you can calm yourself down. When you do that, the monster of stressors within your mind doesn’t seem so big anymore.
Father figures are such a crucial part of our lives. So much of who we are is dependent on our upbringing. Fathers have a huge influence on how we act, talk, behave and treat people, which is why we say “bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Fathers are like molds of who we could be, and a lot of people will always bear a connection to their father figure deeper than genes. Your destiny is yours, but it could be aided by accepting the support of a father figure in your life.
Generosity isn’t generosity if it doesn’t hurt just a little. I feel like all sorts of people right now are trying to prove their generous nature and good virtues. However, it’s all an act. We have a need to be considered good. We want to be considered righteous and all that, but due to this we often claim we’re generous out of compulsion. A compulsion driven by the need to be viewed as virtuous. The truth is, that generosity isn’t something along the lines of a publicity stunt, or something to appease your own conscience, but an act of sacrifice and kindness that should pinch a little bit.
This is a lesson I need to teach myself, and maybe it could prove useful for a lot of you guys out there. Optimism isn’t wrong. It isn’t a weakness to have hope and a positive outlook on future events.
I’m a firm believer in always giving yourself a (sometimes more than) healthy dose if reality, but if we let the danger that this world poses really sink in, then we risk losing the faith we need to fight it. Faith that there truly can be a better tomorrow.