“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions…
but before I can live with other folks
I’ve got to live with myself.
The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule
is a person’s conscience.”
~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird~
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life,
and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence,
is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof
and the result of your loyalty
to the achievement of your values.
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value”
“Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one’s identity”
Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers, there are important personality profits to be taken.
Defeat strips away false values and makes you realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and put you to work digging gold.
~William M. Marston~