“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.” – John Steinbeck

Once upon a time man was weak. He’s not particularly strong; not when compared to other creatures. He’s neither the fastest among the animals, nor is he endowed with amazing senses or camouflage.

He’d be right there for the taking.

But man had a brain. Far more advanced than anything else ever seen before.

So man invented compassion.

Man invented having to take care of the weak, of the dying, of the sick, of the young and old alike…

Yes, we are not the first to employ the whole “safety in numbers” strategy, but we took it to an entirely different level.

We are stronger together.

We are here because we have the capacity, the desire, and the ability to play well with others.

Think of that next time you want to be selfish. When you’re lacking in empathy and are comparing struggles with other people, trying to undermine theirs. Think of that next time you refuse to help a fellow man.

Think of that next time you realize you haven’t gotten very far in life.

One can only travel so far by himself before succumbing to all sorts of wounds.

Now ask yourself: Did you bring joy to others?


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