This I Believe

Bob - Tonganoxie, Kansas
Entered on May 12, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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“What goes around comes around.” Determination breeds success.” “Good triumphs over evil.” “Practice Practice Practice.” “Good guys always finish last.” Blasphemy! One must concede that these are not true on the grounds that they are not the sole factors of influence among these topics. Luck, I am afraid, can influence you just as much as how high you can jump.

Humans are evil creatures with good intentions by nature. This, is a generalization, but!, like most stereotypes it is based upon facts. It is a generalization, and thus, not applicable to everyone, but none the less, nobodies actions are selfless, whether it be in the long run, the short run, or somewhere in between. We all desire greater things, and it is only the path we take to reach this that varies. We, though, have free will. Although some things are innate or impossible, we will usually try our best.

Am I the only one who sees this? I hope not. That is how I work: Seeing all of this, watching the path I take, wondering why, trying to help others. In the end, though, it is only for myself: the satisfaction of aiding your fellow man, and who knows? It may help me get into heaven.

Do you see, along with all of this, that religion is good? It makes one kind to others. Although I suppose it can, and does, create hate, death and destruction, no one should overlook its power to control us all and create a more powerful social order.

We cannot merely rely on good deeds to make good things happen to us in almost every case! Look at the results of actions! Prepare for the worst, and hope for the most likely. You will be disappointed less the usual, and ready for bad things.