Website owner: James Miller
What is life like? How can we describe and define it? If one is honest one must say it is a mixture. It is a mixture of good and bad, of things that can be cause for optimism and things that can be cause for pessimism. Man is a complicated creature with great capacity for both good and bad. At his best he has great concern for the sufferings of his fellow man and may do much good. At his worst he can be an animal and a brute and can do much hurt and harm. If one looks at life one can say that the really basic laws on which it operates are really just the same laws as those on which the animal world operates --- the law of "survival of the fittest" where each must with caution, care, and shrewdness watch his every step lest he be devoured; where competition is the outstanding Fact and Law which determines and shapes all; where the environment is filled with a multitude of dangers and hazards that can be deadly for the foolish, simple and weak; where the strong prey upon the weak and only the cautious, shrewd and prudent survive. One can look at life and say that this is the best model for describing it. That for all that men may say or claim "civilization" is really only a very thin veneer and that at the very bottom the same laws that dictate the lives of animals in the natural world also dictate the lives of men. Some people can be very negative in seeing life from this viewpoint, see the world as being very dark, ugly and cruel, completely "dog eat dog". Yet it must be said that there is goodness mixed in with the badness in life and that the world is a great mixture of both goodness and badness. There are a great many people who do carry with them concern and burden about social injustice and suffering in this world and have spent their lives working for social and political reforms which they feel will reduce this injustice and suffering. If there are a great many people who are selfish and are guided only by self-interest there are also a great many who are concerned about others and their welfare. Things are not all bad. And much can be in the mind of the beholder. People often see others and life as they themselves are. A cruel man will see life as basically cruel and a kind man will see life as basically kind. Feb 1985 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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