Human Nature

Human Nature

Together On Top

Help Another Up

“Reach out and help another up, it doesn’t have to be lonely at the top.” -kR

We must come to the realization that increasing our chances of becoming or being successful does not in any way, shape, or form reduce another person’s chances of becoming or being successful.

Competition brings out the best in us but competition doesn’t necessarily equate to rivalry and should never ultimately culminate in jealousy.

If it is crowded at the bottom, that is often because the bottom is confined by a few natural but too many man-made boundaries. Just look at the ground around us – it is shaded by encroaching trees, guarded by high walls and barbed wire fences, laden with roads plagued by an abundance of traffic signs; from yield signs to stop signs, from caution signs to pot holes and speed bumps. All of these things serve to contain us, to confine us, to inhibit and to limit us.

But once these shackles are broken, once these boundaries are transcended, once these obstacles are overcome, and as more people evolve, spread their wings and fly, it will become evident to them and to all who witness this phenomenon that there is plenty of room in the sky, and therefore it doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. We will realize that the sky is not the limit after all, as there is no limit once we operate in the threshold of the boundless sky.

There are millions of birds who share a single sky above us, and yet they never complain about it being too crowded. As a matter of fact, they often fly together in harmony. And as a result they do not sit lonely at the top.

So then, why can’t we humans, supposedly more intelligent creatures, all get to the top together? The short answer is, we can! And quite frankly, we should! As far as success goes, there is no more fulfilling feeling than becoming or being more successful because you help others become or be more successful!

So, I hope to see you at the top! But better yet, I want to help you get to the top, just as I would appreciate you helping me get to the top. Gratitude and Godspeed!

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Immortal

Facing Our Fears

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

The only thing more tragic than any act of terrorism is for those of us who bear witness to its evil to feed on the frenzy of fear that abounds in its wake. We are not made in the spirit of fear, and have nothing to fear but fear itself. To be afraid in a singular, uncertain, shocking moment is to be human, but to constantly live in a state of fear as a result of the isolated act of a coward or the coordinated/systematic act of a group of cowards, is to display even greater cowardice! evil is like a snake; a slithering, sneaky creature with a venomous bite. It could be far, it could be near, but there’s no mistaking its nature. But Good…oh God, Good! Good is the mighty heel destined to always crush evil’s ugly head. Good is constant, timeless, and far reaching; and even the shadow of Good is vast! Even the whisper of Good is thunderous!

We must understand that it is not by some naive fallacy, childlike fantasy or mere coincidence that in our holy books, history stories, movies, novels, fictional tales and other literature, Good consistently triumphs over evil; no matter the odds, no matter the ills, no matter the long suffering. No, it is the very fabric of human nature. It is at the very core of the natural order. It is by the very perfect design of our Creator. Yes, evil may be bold for a moment, but its day of reckoning eventually dawns. No matter how dark the night in the aftermath of a tragedy like the one our nation has just witnessed via the Boston Marathon Bombings, the sun shall yet rise in the wake of a new day. And its blinding light shall serve as a daily reminder to us that it is light that will drive out darkness, that it is waking to the morning sun that will end our nightmares. It will undoubtedly remind us that it is unrelenting good that will overwhelm unsolicited evil. It will also remind US that while it sets on us momentarily as darkness befalls us and our own darkness consumes us, it never stops its tireless work (shining light on ALL the world) but remains shining elsewhere…perhaps on another distant land, in another foreign nation that experienced similar or greater terror on the eve of our own, or may yet experience similar or greater suffering in the morrow, when the sun returns to shine upon US once more.

This is our defining lesson:  the Sun is constant! God is constant! Good is constant! Love is constant! We too must be constant! We must be Good. We won’t all be Good. We won’t always be Good. But by God, We MUST be Good! In the face of evil, we must look it in the eye, and boldly say, “It’s all GOOD!” Let us be as indiscriminate in spreading our Good as the sun is in shining its light. Evil has played it’s card. Now, it’s clearly our move. So, let’s do some GOOD! Right here, and everywhere! Together, let’s be light. Together, let’s be constant. Together, let’s be Good! Godspeed Boston!

P.S. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” -F.D.R.

This is really a tribute that extends beyond Boston. This is a message in honor of the multitude of innocent people around the world (in Pakistan, in other parts of the Middle East, in many parts of Africa, and elsewhere) who are victims of failed politics, vile, corrupt and inhumane systems, powerful, faceless, and nameless individuals, who perpetrate evil “acts of terror” from the secrecy and false sense of security the shadows in which they linger gives them, whether they be so-called “terrorist organizations”, foreign and/or domestic, or whether they be our very own US Government. We must combat evil in all its manifestations, as indiscriminately and unapologetically as we spread Good. Ultimately, whatever is done in the dark will be brought to light, and upon a day, we shall all atone for the roles we each play(ed) on our shared Earth, in this life or the next. God help us all.

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