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  • A wrong, done to one person, cannot be undone by a right, done to another.


  • Faults grow quicker on a diet of denials.


  • Prepare for tomorrow but worry about the day after.


  • Do not depend on those that speak often of luck, whether it is of the good or bad kind.


  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we should speak less and point more.


  • It is corrupting to give praise when it is undeserved and unkind to withhold it when it is.


  • The truth will never set anyone free as long as it is denied entry.


  • Self-love comes easiest to those who shun self-examination.


  • If silence were truly golden, then it is easy to see why so many lack wealth.


  • One of the most likely causes of our disliking minorities is that we sense that we have much to fear from those that weíve wronged.


  • When someone says that some particular thing wonít last forever, they have said nothing since nothing that is real does either. It is only those things which are imaginary that do, and even this may not be true if all of the believers cease to be.


  • The only ones to tell secrets to are those now deceased.


  • Those that commit libel could still have been telling the truth but lack proof. ______________________________________________________


  • THE PILLAGE OF OUR HAPPINESS


  • If there were only someway that the average American could list all of the positives and all of the negatives, of living today in America, and then compare that with all of the same positives and negatives of being the Emperor of Rome at its height, there would be few Americans that would, after careful consideration, be willing to make the change if that change were to be irreversible. Those that romanticize about the times of very long ago before industrial modernization should remember the words of Thomas Hobbes- Pre-industrial life was-"nasty, brutish, and short."


  • It is easy to overlook the enormous number of positives that we have in our lives that we take for granite that could never been hoped for in ancient Rome. Small things like dental care, both of the preventative and remedial kinds, safe water to drink and warm water to have at our disposal whenever we want to bathe and modern toilets to dispose of wastes. Also, we can turn on the TV at anytime to have our choice of entertainments of a quality that would never have been hoped for back then. Also we can have just the music that we want anytime and anyplace that we want. We can have the temperature in our homes, whether on the coldest or hottest days, just what we choose. We can have privacy or anonymity any time that we choose, and travel quickly to almost anywhere that we choose, and even talk to someone thousands of miles away. Even the simple aspirin for a headache would have been a miracle at that time, but we seldom consider all of the thousands of other products that enrich our lives daily, that are available whenever we choose. Even the simple electric light, that can be turned on or off as we choose, would have been undreamt of at that time and for millennia thereafter.


  • But, the question remains as to why we focus on all of the things that we donít have, that do exist today, and ignore all of the positive things that also exist today that didnít exist just a century or two earlier. It is obvious that by focusing on what we are lacking, and ignoring most of what we do have, that that is detrimental to our ever acquiring happiness; and, if anything, we are trending more and more towards the happiness-destruction habit of doing just that. By just simply focusing on all of the wondrous things that we have today, that would been unimaginable just a short-time ago, we would enrich our lives without the need to work harder just to buy more, of what will soon afterwards, be ignored along with all of the other positives in our daily lives.


  • By ignoring our positives, we commit perhaps, the greatest tragedy of modern life, the inability to find happiness in a world and in a time of plenty. The probable reason for this is not in our character, but in the way that we permit the commercialization of America to pillage the happiness that is there for almost anyone to acquire free of charge. As long as we permit those, who want to create desires within us, to have the freedom to do just that, happiness will be impossible and always be dangled just ahead of as a product of acquiring something that seems to have happiness locked within. The ability to block our vulnerability, to being corrupted by the wishes of others, is a part of our character however, and can be implemented by anyone that is determined to be happy.


  • As a product of the successful grafting of desires onto us, we then tend to incur debt so that the wanted, but unneeded, can be acquired. In so doing, especially when done to excess, the effect is to become a perpetual slave to the need of repaying others. There are laws that prohibit anyone from selling us into slavery, but there is no law that prevents us from selling ourselves into bondage through incurring debt.


  • Therefore, to what extent the average American finds life to be mostly negatives, that individual is ignoring the free and readily accessible acquisition of happiness that, in the process, would also avoid the slavery that follows by going into debt.


  • WALT HASKINS


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