This I Believe

Gene - Dallas, Texas
Entered on March 6, 2007
Age Group: 65+

I believe in being selfish. I believe in subjectivity.

Most objectivity is just pretense.

We can’t remove ourselves from our opinions.

Subjectively, I believe I am a good and worthwhile person. It follows naturally, then, that everybody else is, too, because there’s very little difference between myself and anybody else. Tall or short, male or female, native or foreign born; there just isn’t that much difference between people. All of us are good. All of us are worthwhile. I know that because I am good and worthwhile.

I want everything for myself. I want love, happiness, meaningful activities, and long life. I want it for everybody else, too. They’re no different from me. I can’t take the things that make up my good life away from somebody else.

I agree with Eugene Victor Debs, one of America’s greatest. He said, “When I rise, it will not be ‘from the masses.’ It will be with them.”