Man has always wanted to stand a head and shoulder above his peers. To be seen by others as superior, to be revered, respected and in extreme cases feared. To some this is the reason they work their wits, feet and arms sore to achieve excellence; something to be applauded. However, the same desire is what breeds jealousy, contempt for others and the let’s-bring-him-down attitude.
Borrowing from the wise words of the character Harry Hart in the spy film ‘Kingsman’ who said, “True greatness is not being superior to your fellow man but being superior to your former self,” Living nobly is working hard to be good, harder to better oneself and hardest to obtain the best version possible of you. Trying to be superior may lead one into futile competition with others. A competition surprisingly with no winners, but a bitter lot of losers at the end.
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Every man is uniquely enabled. Your path to success is definitely not the same path that your neighbour has to follow to attain his heights. However these varying paths may intertwine at some point and thus the factor of interdependence.
The doctor needs the tailor for his garments, the tailor needs the doctor to help his wife deliver safely. The tailor’s children are taught by the teacher whose leaking sink was fixed by the plumber. In this way all involved in this web of interdependence succeed despite their varying fields of work.
It is human to be jealous. Jealous of other’s looks, achievements, cash, jobs, talents et cetera. However, we should not let this feeling determine how we live with others. It is known that one’s peak of success could be what another calls his foundation. Humility is therefore key, as it keeps us human.
After all, everything we own today is useless once we lose our soul, but a fulfilling life of enriching others is bound to leave an impact for posterity. As people never forget how someone made them feel.
We all have dreams. Growing up we want to be the doctor, the astronaut or even the lawyer. Maturity dictates we see our dreams as opportunities to offer service to others. Our dreams should be anchored at ending someone’s strain, saving your neighbour the pain and helping another set the sail.