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The Bad News About Doing Good

If you are only willing to do what’s right when other people are playing fairly, then you will hardly ever do what’s right.

The unfairness of life isn’t a fact that you should condone, but it is one that you need to take into account whenever making plans.

You can’t get anywhere just by asking yourself “how can I achieve my goals?” You also have to ask yourself, “how can I find a basis for meaningful action even  when my efforts to achieve goals are unfairly opposed?”

In addition to bemoaning those who do wrong, you also have to learn how to move things forward in spite of adversarial forces.

No matter how much it pains you to hear it, take heed of one the most fundamental and harsh realities of human existence:

Integrity requires creativity.

I wish I could tell you that it was mostly fun and convenient to have a positive influence on the world. I wish I could write a book on how to change the world from your couch while complaining about corrupt politicians all day. I wish I could tell you that the world will celebrate you and support you if you do the right things. But that’s just not how the world works.

The world simply isn’t set up to make it convenient for you to be a good person. It’s never been that way and it never will be that way.

Life isn’t a Disney movie. It’s an everyday battle between forces that want things to change and forces that want things to remain the same. So if you’re not prepared to fight for creativity and freedom, then you simply have not yet understood what it means to actually be creative or free.

Please keep frowning upon those who do wrong, but don’t forget to get off your butt and do some actual work. The world needs a lot more than your anger and frustration. It needs your willingness to roll up your sleeves and promote good ideas through practical action.

If you want to be good, then you need to passionately devote your life to getting better and better at outthinking, outperforming, and outlasting those who do bad.

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