If we are sincere about wanting to improve ourselves and the world
we live in, do we know what will bring about this progress? Do we
really believe that money and an ever-increasing economic standard
of living will solve our problems or bring us happiness? Can
politics negotiate the change we so desire for our lives and our
There are probably many things that can bring about the progress
we desire, but the approach I find most compelling is the one
suggested by Occam’s razor: that we allow the simplest answer to
guide us. What is the simplest solution to the problems we face?
What factor will most affect the change we desire? What is the one
thing that can most bring about genuine progress in our lives and in
society at large?
The answer is character. Character will affect your future more
than any other single ingredient. Character is the best preparation
for every scenario. Character is the best investment you can make
in your future and the future of humanity. Character is the simple
answer, but it would be a mistake to confuse simple with easy.
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