Deserve?! The person who wrote this had the best of intentions but no one has more inherent value than anyone else, and no one ‘deserves’ anything. We can be the greatest human being in the world and we can give birth to an incredibly sick child. We can be an amazing parent and still end up raising someone who falls into addiction. We can be as honest as the day is long and we’ll still be successfully accused of something horrible we didn’t do.
Likewise, people who value money over people can and do have enjoyable lives, and many liars and cheaters can come to be considered noble people. There is no ‘fairness’ or ‘deserving’ in this world, so someone’s history or mistakes are not even at issue because kindness isn’t for the person we express it to. Sure, it’s great that they benefit. But the point for us to do it is because it feels good for us to express.
If we start getting selfish about enjoying our life, and we start gaining more awareness about where our real joy comes from, then we won’t have many issues in this world. Because happy fulfilled people tend to express a lot of generosity, patience and kindness, and that is an upward spiral of influences. So let us all do our best to add to that upward movement with less judgment, and more compassion without questions or judgment.
Who’s with me?
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.