we are/were all of that … or maybe more …
Blinded by his or her desire to search for fortune or fame one would have no qualms about joining the bandwagon of the get-rich-quick scheme. Ah, fast cash & living on the fast lane… what does it matter?
[“It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.”]
But what’s it like in the real world? It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Some are just too soft to survive the harshness of the outside world. Will they survive being bullied, harassed, tortured etc etc … ? God knows!
[“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”]
When push comes to shove, we will learn to survive even though one has to plaster a fake smile on his/her youthful face. We are pretenders, actors and actresses, hiding behind invisible masks. What is hidden behind that mask? Heart ache, sorrow, pain … feelings of envy, hatred, betrayal … the list goes on.
“Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.”
Helen Gahagan Douglas
However, many would fight their pain & end up becoming stronger, a fighter, a leader, no longer a meek follower.
With that, I’d end with these quotes:
“No matter how brilliant a man may be, he will never engender confidence in his subordinates and associates if he lacks simple honesty and moral courage.”
J. Lawton Collins
“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”