We Shall, Shall We Not

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. ~Oprah Winfrey
We Shall, Shall We Not

A little bit of a reblog, since the day is escaping me, but in this month of giving and forgiving I hoped it might be OK. I love the quote, “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.” Since I previously used the quote, “I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” you can probably tell I am enamored with F. Scott Fitzgerald and more specifically, The Great Gatsby. There are so many meaningful quotes meandering through this novel, each time I read it I learn something more about myself. I’ve probably passed the title quote by on numerous occasions without thought but this time, I did stop and F.Scott is wise and on the mark. Many times we do judge others by our own personal experience, how can we not? We are the best authority on what we have seen, felt, done and oft these prior markers shadow the bigger picture, creating previously unrealized bigotry’s towards others who are different. One only has to use the example of the topic of gay marriage to know both sides are strong in their arguments and seldom stop to see the others view.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize it’s easier to look at life through a single window, ours, but I wonder if it is effective or productive? Should we make “fast-food” assumptions when it comes to how we view other people? I hope not. After all, compassion, love and empathy only come when we have the ability to put our feet soundly in the shoes of the other person. It just makes no sense to label people based on our experience, we don’t know how they got to where they are and their journey in life is seldom the same as our own, if it is, well then it’s just an “us” versus “them” mentality, so what may seem the only solution to the “us’s” may have a unique completely different outcome to the “them’s”.

Take from, sure, I’m a Cao, it’s what I do. Look out a window, then walk to the other side of the room and look out a different window. Open your eyes, and look around, there is so many different colors to see. Even in white and black, there are numerous shades. People are the same way; each of our life experiences uniquely affect’s our vision, our ability to interpret what we see. It is important to remember there are never necessarily a right and a wrong response, so if we are passing judgment it behooves us to remove our own experience and prejudices from the equation prior to making any decision that involves another human being. A little high-gravity sure, but then sometimes the most important things are.


Hair: Soonsiki, (Milky) Piled Up
Hat: .Lode., Ice Berries rare  @The Arcade
Dress: Lybra!, Gabbie  @The Instruments
Earring/Necklace: Zibska, Calais  **NEW**
Petals: Zibska, Dalliance Orbit  @ We ❤ RP
Skin: October 4 Seasons, Keiko
Hands/Ears: SLink/Mandala
Pose: .slouch



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