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By DL Banks

There is no greater dividing force in this world than self-interest.

We still need to give our best to life even if we do not understand the purpose of our existence on earth. We need the wisdom to accept the fact that this world abounds with issues we cannot solve; and we need to part ways with those people, ideas and things that are a vexation to the soul. There are people who bring joy to our lives, but who fail to make us happy. They are the people for the moment. Never rely on their love because it is not sustainable. Their love is alike a comet that illuminates the sky, but then fades away because it lacks the sustainable energy of the sun. A yesterday missed can never be found even in a fine tomorrow. Loyalty starts with a demonstration of respect and gratitude.I value loyalty more than money.

There are few people who are mature enough to uphold moral and ethical values; who have a remarkable character; who are honest and sincere; who cultivate and harbor loyalty, devotion and dedication by rendering a striking admiration. It’s best to have a small boat of friends where everyone rows than an ark of friends where no one does. At least you’re getting somewhere. Some honest people think it is better to know the ways of the devil without being evil. The narrow minded find it convenient to create stereotypes, and then try to fit everybody, everything and every situation into those stereotypes. Love and hate when stretched to their extremes blind reasoning. Sometimes, our pride compels us to engage in costly wars when a true commitment to a compromising peace would have been the best course to pursue.

Most of the truly kind people of this world show some measure of discomfort when offered kindness. Their gratitude stems not only from their understanding of the depth of the force of kindness, but also from their conviction that kindness should not be taken for granted. Societies and people that come close to being happy are those that do well in narrowing the disparity between their desires and their needs, especially the material things of life.In today’s world, human desires far supersede human needs. Waste, as you can see, is the result of that disparity. No man is foolish when his friend betrays him because a man’s world is most serene when he has people to trust and call friends. After all, is it not often said that a friend is another self?

The world gets blessed every now and then with unique souls who though burdened by their invisible crosses, still have the extraordinary strength to forge ahead in life and give others a helping hand at the same time. Despite their tribulations, most of us think they are fine. Even when the weight of their crosses become unbearable, even when they proceed in a breathless manner, we still have a hard time understanding that they are drowning. In fact, we even condemn them for failing to sacrifice more. Never allow yourself to be sapped of your extraordinary energy that is the necessary ingredient for creating something new and progressive. It is not until an act occurs within the landscape of the past and future that it is a human act. Loyalty, which asserts the continuity of past and future, binding time into a whole, is the root of human strength; there is no good to be done without it. I never tolerate disrespect or betrayal.

Only a fool would find happiness from an achievement that is detrimental to those he loves. When faced with difficulties, a humble, understanding, appreciative and selfless person finds it easy to win a friend. On the other hand, a temperamental, egoistic, condensing, self-absorbed, self-conceited and narrow-minded person who lacks the basic sense of humility easily loses friends when in distress. I was born a sheep I cannot be a goat through pledge of hands. It is easier for an ambitious friend to become an enemy than for an enemy to become a friend. It is even easier to make friends than you can find people to trust as friends. True friends don’t come with conditions. People with no human values are worse than zombies.

Loyalty is not loyalty unless one clings to it in the face of adversity.


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