I’ve met many nice, interesting and funny people when I started blogging and came across many not so nice ones. As you can see, my English is not perfect because it’s not my first language, more like my third, but most of my readers are very forgiving, and one of the reasons that I blog is to improve my English, as for some of you reading this might say I’m writing Engrish, as one of my readers was kind enough to point this out to me.
When I was growing up, I was taught to follow the golden rule, of course, my parents didn’t teach me in this order nor we had to sing the song of the golden rule, but the concept was the same; the song of the golden rule by C. Albers goes ,
“Do unto others as you wish
That they should do to you.
Then would this earth a heaven be
So beautiful and true.
Be kinds to those who are unkind
Give love to those who hate;
Thus will your merit be untold,
Your blessings very great.
Give unto all the best you have
To all a favour do,
And all those blessings in their time
Will then come back to you.”
Sometimes I find it hard to follow this simple rule, even citing it wrong at times, and changed it to “Do unto others as they had done to us…” which at the end only lead to hatred and never ending battle war of words. I knew in the past that I wrote a lot of stuff that offended people, but that’s a personal opinion, and I believe that one should be allowed to express his/her opinion on his/her personal blog.
Temptations come to us all, it’s so easy for us to say hateful things or lash back to those that are mean to us, sort of seeking revenge, wanting that person to pay for what they said or done to us. When I was younger, I thought that ‘Eyes for Eyes, Teeth for Teeth and Life for Life” was the way how things should be handled, might be because I watched one too many Kung Fu movies, but as adult, I believe that character grows stronger each time that we resist temptation to do anything that we know we ought not to be doing, but sometimes I still find myself the victim of my own emotion, as anything else in life, practice makes perfect.
Another character-builder for me is hardship and many that came to this country as a refugee or an emigration would agree with me on this one. I believe that each of us really needs to go through a certain amount of hardship to appreciate life or living. If everything is too easy and comfortable for us, we are likely to become softies, not only physically but also in our spiritual nature. It’s also very likely that living too easy a life may cause us to lose all feeling of sympathy with those who are less fortunate than we are.
I think that the more we learn to resist evil temptations and the more we can endure a certain amount of hardship, whether it be poverty, sickness, disappointment, grief or any other sorrow, the stronger we grow in our moral nature, and more and more we have sympathetic understanding of the problems of other. Eventually there comes a time when we realize that the things we used to think were so important are not so important after all, it still holds true for me that the best things in life are free, and that less is more.