“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” Confucius
This is our problem. There is wickedness all around. With things like TV and yes even Internet we are so much more exposed to everything, including wickedness, that we do get influenced. I mean when you think that some people do what they can to get an ASBO as though it were a badge of honour, then no wonder that the world and our society is deteriorating the way it is.
Wickedness has a way of spreading. Think of it as the single bad apple in a bowl of apples. Before you know it, they are all bad, although it was only one bad apple and a bowl full of good apples. The good apples never change the bad one to good!!
“He hoped and prayed that there wasn’t an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn’t an afterlife.” Douglas Adams
It is funny how sometimes we do things that are a contradiction in themselves. It is a bit like the person who does not believe in God who says when things go wrong, “Oh God, how could you do this to me” or ” Oh God, please help me!”. Need I say more?
“The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving.” Mother Theresa
This is the issue with why relationships seem to fail. It is the expecting the love rather than giving love. To love, you must love unconditionally. The joy of loving is also in the giving. But I guess most of us have forgotten that. We have become far too self centred a society whose main interest is keeping up with the Jones rather than happiness. We equate happiness to material things and let’s be frank… happiness cannot ever be bought!
“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want – and their kids pay for it.” Richard Lamm
I guess it is only fair that we get our kids what they want for Christmas, after all, they will be paying for us heavily in the long run!
“If only I had a little humility, I’d be perfect!”. Ted Turner
Ted, don’t mind me saying so, but you need bucketfuls of humility and not just a little. And this is just by your quote and not by anything else!!
In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would share an Irish Proverb…
“A turkey never voted for an early Christmas”.
“The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion”. Democritus
I must still be young, for I still have not learnt to use discretion!! Mind you I am not sure I have either strength or beauty!!
“Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.” Alan Corenk
Democracy! I think Alan Corenk’s defination is pretty spot on!
“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” Japanese Proverb
Sometimes people can fool you into making you think they are different to what they really are. I find that if you are not sure what to make of someone, you can easily form an opinion based on their choice of friends. I find that family also says alot about a person. But you know the saying, you can choose your friends but not your family. So personally between both their friends and family, you can easily asses a persons true character!