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Today’s Question by the reader : Lance (UK)

Author: Paulo Coelho

I would like to express a question that makes life rather unhappy. What would we say to a child born ill in a poor country with a practically inexistent national health system? A child that has the dream that one day he/she will become a scientist, a singer, a dancer, a poet, a writer ……..

“Life” is generous with some people and hard with others. It makes people desire things and at the same time it removes from their hands the power to realise them.

Does “life” looks favourably some and treats others with contempt?

Injustice exists and I can’t pretend to have an answer for that. I’m not a guru and I can’t explain why bad things hapen to honest, innocent people.

Nevertheless I think that we are all responsible if the world is the way it is. That’s why instead of looking for the guilty or for the weak , we should rather focus in our attitude.

We cannot set out to change the world without first changing ourselves. If we are capable of that – mending our ways, being generous towards life – then we will leave a trace of goodness in this world. There’s a wide range of heroes that work in silence and that try to enhance the state of the world.

We are the building blocks of “life” – change is in our hands.

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