Last weekend, I was at my brother’s house for visiting and I brought my family there too. When my two little daughters were there, they played with my brother’s sons – they were so happy playing together… running around, giggling and laughing.
They were full of joy – just like any children that you know of.
When I was watching them playing, I couldn’t help myself but to ask this question…
“What Happened To Us?”
Everyone was ONCE a child. A child is always innocent. “Pure”.
Children do not lie. Yes, they do tell bluff and you would probably be able to tell off their bluffing and you would smile and not take offend.
But as they grow up, they change. The innocence disappears. They have picked up other traits along the way – the environment, media and people around them start shaping the way how they should think.
It usually happens when they were first being lied to, being hurt. At first, they don’t understand why anyone would do so, but after a while, they’ll conform to it. Don’t feel sad because it’s part of growing up.
And this is unstoppable. It’s just how our “human survival” eco-system works in this world. No one escapes this, me included.
But at the core, the main contribution factor that corrupts everyone with greed, slyness and any thoughts of selfishness comes from this saying…
“Money is the root of all evil.”
A corrected saying would be, “The love of money is the root of all evil”.
When I took my daughter to the bookstore, at 3 years old, she understands she needs money to buy her story book. She will ask money from me to buy. But if I told her that I do not have the money, she’ll understand. Even if she persisted, it’s an innocent persistence – it will not lead her to think of ways how to “steal” from others to have the money.
I believe, this is where the problem arises:
There are people who would still want to have their “story books”, even if they do not have the money or the means for it. Thus, they’ll do whatever necessary to have the money to buy the “story books”. Sometimes, they use methods that are less agreeable. Now, before you start thinking…
“But everyone deserves a better lifestyle.”
I agree to that. But in pursue of it, we must always stay conscious of using enlightened ways.
Secondly, we must understand what really make us happy. Can you still be happy without your “story book”?
Happiness is always a choice.
Of course I’m not suggesting that money has insignificant value in our lives. It has a lot. But we do not need to sacrifice our own values in pursue of it.
Although we’re not the innocent children as we once were, we must not forget how our lives once were.
The world doesn’t change within a glimpse of the eye. It takes time, starting with one small step at a time. Believe it or not, you do play a role in it.
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