I've noticed a disturbing trend in people's behaviors over the last 15 years. Maybe you've also seen it as well. Someone takes a course of action, and the consequences are only considered acceptable if they were good; if they weren't, or didn't bring the desired result, then it was someone else's fault.
There are so many examples as of late, that follow the same pattern: when people get called on their actions, they use the same excuses: the religion card, the patriotism card, the political card, the social status card, or "so-and-so made me do it."
Let's take a step back, and look at this from a different perspective. Of course, this is if you choose to do so. I can't make you continue to read this article if you really don't want to. But if you really do want to, then I will choose to continue explaining where I'm going with this (pretty sure you're getting the idea, though, because you're a pretty smart cookie!)
Humans have something called "Free Will". It's the ability to freely choose what we will, or will, not do; regardless of the race or religion, every person has this ability. And you have this ability just as much as I do. It's what determines your end results... both good and bad, intended and unintended.
You can choose to do something. Even if you choose not to act, you've still made a choice. In doing so, you also choose the consequences of what you do. Things don't always go your way despite your best efforts... and they aren't meant to. Perfection violates the Law of Cause and Effect.
Nobody can "make" you do something you know isn't in your best interest. Nobody can violate your own Free Will, any more than you can violate theirs. If someone chooses to do something, and you become angry, you chose to react that way to someone who has no power over you -- except if you choose to allow it.
You are the master of your own destiny. You are the captain of your own ship. This is your life, this is your adventure. The path it takes is of your choice, of your own Free Will, and nobody can walk it but you. And what you choose today will have consequences for others, partly by effect and partly be habit, so as Sir Galahad advised at the end of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"...
-- Nick Moore, Motivational Speaker
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