We take our wisdom for the day from the prolific Ernest Hemingway. I was first exposed to this quote when spoken by character Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service and it resonated with me. If we took this to heart as a society think how much more incredible life could be.

Constantly pursuing status and obsessively comparing ourselves to others compels us to ruminate in misery created by feelings of inferiority and jealousy. We can focus instead on doing our best to apply yesterdays lessons to tomorrow’s situations, choosing good in our actions and letting those qualities define us.

On the flip side, rather than acting haughty and supercilious, those of us with status can choose to be humble, obtaining happiness from generosity and equality rather than the feeling we are better than others.

2 thoughts on “True Nobility

  1. Rowena says:

    Brandon, I have a soft spot for Ernest Hemingway. My Dad was always telling me to read the “Old Man & The Sea” and I ignored him, as you do. However, I really loved it and recommended it to my husband. Tried to get our son to read it too but it’s much harder to get that horse to water.
    He was an interesting character to be sharing his wisdom. Like all of us he had his weaknesses and I found this about his ove of alcohol:

    “P.P.S. Don’t you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well being that rum does? I would as soon not eat at night as not to have red wine and water. The only time it isn’t good for you is when you write or when you fight. Yuu have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief. Let me know if my books make any money and will come to Moscow and we will find somebody that drinks and drink my royalties up to end the mechanical oppression.”
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Rowena, I really like Hemingway too. I don’t ignore my Dad though he does send me a ton of material to read which I seldom do, I should make more of an effort, but he sends a bunch of stuff every day.
      I had never heard that quote before and it gives me a greater understanding of who he was and his perspective. Thank you again for sharing.

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