Develop What is Good

UPLift -Saturday, 2007 September 29

by J. Randal Matheny

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good. –Calvin Coolidge

Most people don’t even try to repress evil, in Coolidge’s words, much less develop what is good.

Most watch the telly shaking their heads and tsking their tongues at the bad in the world.

Most have never contacted their representatives in government.

Most have never lifted their hand to protect the weak.

Most have never faced evil, felt its rotten breath, and pushed back.

Those who do are newsworthy, so rare are they.

If you barely lift you’re finger to do good, you will be far, far above the masses.

If you work hard at developing the good, you will be a star shining refulgent in the darkness.

If you dedicate yourself to repressing the evil in the world (at least, in your corner of it), and become the virtuous person you can be, people will point you out to their children as you walk by.

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J. Randal Matheny

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