A great quote for the coming new year. Let’s start thinking more of others and less of ourselves.
I’m so selfish Angela – I definitely think of myself way more than I should. I guess that’s human nature, but I agree this is a great quote to keep in mind. It’s something to aspire to! You really never know how much influence you might have over others.
I only know you from your blog, Michelle, but I seriously doubt you are half as selfish as you think you are. You have a HUGE heart, and it shows in your writing. It is true what you say, too, about influencing others and not knowing the effects of that. I guess it all goes back to “do unto others” as well.
Thank you, you are too kind. But I do think that the writing helps me want to be a better person. Putting yourself into words is like looking into a mirror, and I see both who I am and who I want to be. So, blogging does help me grow. I agree with you, too – if we treat others how we want to be treated, we can’t really go wrong!
True as that may be, the appreciation of that fact (that what you do for others is immortal) only lives as long as you’re alive, and once you’re dead, it doesn’t matter. xD
I partially disagree – but you’ve really got me thinking (don’t you always 🙂 !) I think the memory of us may die with us – for some of us anyway – but what we do could live on as action. I have to think on that for a little while and maybe I’ll post about it later if I can get my thoughts into any kind of order.
I do agree – the appreciate may die when we die. But our impact on the world and on future generations could be immortal. Of course it works with good or evil. You could be abused and turn into an abuser and so on and so on for many generations. Or you could be a wonderful influence. Ultimately, the appreciation or recognition of where it came from may die, but it does matter.
Um, now I’m confused. I agree that the effects of your action remain even after your death. And it does matter, but Only to the future generations, because once you’re dead, stuff kinda ceases to matter 😛
So what I mean is, the whole thing about leaving behind a legacy etc can be important to a person Only once s/he is alive. So if i die, whether I murdered ten people, or adopted twenty poor kids ceases to matter to me. In a way, I’m freed from my conscience. I don’t have to worry about the effects of my actions (once I’m dead).
I hope I was a little bit clearer this time 🙂
Haha – yes!! That’s a good example of me looking at something in a singular way and so I didn’t see that you were taking it in a different direction. So, I do understand what you mean! I believe that the soul lives on, but if it doesn’t then it wouldn’t matter at all to the dead person.
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