Website owner: James Miller
Reflect upon the extent to which we are dependent upon the efforts of other people --- mainly people who have gone before us. In every aspect of our lives, in all we do and think, we are building from where others have left off. We are building upon the work of others. Everything we touch and deal with in life, from automobiles and telephones to the books we read and the religious beliefs we have come from the inventions, discoveries and work of people who have gone before us. In every little aspect of our lives, we are always working from a gigantic edifice constructed through untold years of labor of the millions of our ancestors from generations past. From our use of fire to our system of government and laws to the language we speak we are indebted to untold millions of people who have preceded us. Mankind builds and builds. And each generation enjoys the benefits and fruits of the work of all prior generations. Mankind is continually working to better things for himself and his fellow man. There is a force within him that pushes him on and makes him do this. He is always committed to improvement. A person may have a very independent nature. He may be an independent and self-reliant soul. But he should remember that no man lives in a vacuum. He should be honest and appreciate just how much he is indebted to so many people. Mar 1987 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
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Personal attributes of the true Christian
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Walking a solitary road
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Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
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Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
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Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
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Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
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We are our habits
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