“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
~ George Washington Carver
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Regardless of current circumstances, the very fact that we are here – alive and existing – is the result of the efforts and energies of other people.
Our physical bodies were born of the bodies of our parents; the first few years of our lives we were so delicate and helpless, we would not have survived if not for the work and care of others; throughout our lives our successes and failures, joys and sorrows, are affected and shared with the people around us; and the last few years of our lives we usually end up relying on those around us in a rather infantile way once again.
Being understanding and compassionate towards others is a peaceful and loving way to approach life, and allows us an opportunity to give back to the universe that was there to nurture and raise us in our times of need.