The Paradoxical Commandments

The Paradoxical Commandments

How To Act in a Paradoxical World


So in a world filled with ambiguity, uncertainty, injustice, and various celebredolts…how should we act?

Here is something written by a young college student about thirty years ago that seems to have a pretty good angle on this problem.



The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith



People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.





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Practical Experiments


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