I like to feel good about myself.
I like to think that I am fair, and honest, and morally sound.
I try hard to be kind and caring and open-minded.
And I like to share and to give as well.
Those are all good traits, if you believe them to be good.
But they are also extremely personal.
They’re mine, very much so, and even if you feel like you do all of those things too; the way you do and feel about them might be totally different.
Because the thing is: when it comes to good and bad, there is no standard.
There are definitions, but no universal rules that apply to everybody and can serve as a way to measure what we do.
There are things many people (in specific parts of the planet) agree on, but those things have always changed and will continue to change.
So you have to be your own standard.
You have to be your own standard and commit yourself to that.
You will have to set the bar, and the parameters.
You will need to decide what it means to live a good life, a just life, a loving life.
Or none of the above, if you don’t like them and you think that’s all bullshit and you are only here for the win and fuck all the losers.
Still, the question remains:
What kind of person do you want to be?
That is the only thing you can do.
And it’s the most powerful thing in the world.
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