Thursday, October 6, 2016
Do the Ends Really Justify the Means
The popular phrase “the ends justify the means” really grates on me. It’s basically saying that it doesn’t matter what you do if you reach your goal- I don’t believe that’s true. I feel you should deserve to be where you are, and get there by legally and morally-acceptable means. Meeting your goal doesn’t mean you deserve it. Personally, I feel that it is more important to be where you deserve, and relish in what you earned, even if it was not your original goal. It’s better than lying and deceiving your way to the end.
Life is a journey, not a destination. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is so true. Every second of our lives takes us to an unknown. I feel that is only more proof that it doesn’t matter where you end as long as your journey was honest, truthful, and enriching.
This idea brings me to another popular saying- “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” While in theory I agree with this, it is on the condition that the journey was positive and beneficial.
I suppose I’m an oldie at heart, because I thought of ANOTHER saying that relates to this topic. “Stop and smell the roses.” To me, this tells me to enjoy myself, and focus on the good in life on the few chances you get to observe it. Watch a sunset/sunrise, go take a walk in the woods, do something that makes you feel good! While you’re there, pick up some trash, help a turtle cross the road. Yes, it sounds silly, all of those things exist for us to take advantage of- in the way that benefits everyone.
As I said before, life is a journey, and I fully intend to make the most of it.