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Does Life Show Favoritism?

  1. marinealways24 profile image59
    marinealways24posted 7 years ago

    Is life a physical and mental test for every individual or just some? Do some have it easier than others in life? We in the United States are in a free country compared to others born in a communist country. Were we favored over them? I would like to know everyones thoughts on these issues.

    1. andromida profile image74
      andromidaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think life is a kind of test for everyone where success depends on one's ability to handle or overcome the untoward situations.Yes, you can say that some might be little privileged over others, but at the end its one's ability to control his desires and ambitions as per situation make him successful or whatever you may call it.No one is favored over others;for the time being you may feel that the communists are enjoying less freedom due their leaders,maybe in some other way they are privileged which we totally overlooked.
      Here I wanna say one thing that every political system has the potential to provide the best possible rights to its citizens.Who told communist leaders that there won't be any expression of public opinion?Just a few power hungry communist leaders made it for themselves.Problem occurs when communism turns into totalitarianism.

    2. Drew Breezzy profile image80
      Drew Breezzyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      life is a physical and mental test for everyone

      some people born are lucky others work for it

    3. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I was born in Great Britain of British stock going as far back as records exist. A few years back, I met and fell madly in love with a naturalised, British citizen - long before I met her - and originally from Russia (raised to adulthood in Communist times.)

      Long story short, I lost all my money in Credit Crunch (apart from what she'd already spent!), she then dumped me, she is now living the high life in London and I am scrimping and scraping a living in my old home town. Life favours the cheats and the liars, in my experience anyway. Forgive my cynicism, but experience can be a strange and painful teacher that way.

      1. Jewels profile image82
        Jewelsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Is the high life giving her what she wants? Although we are not in her shoes, the high life can be quite superficial, and so why do we think the high life is a reward?

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image94
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Well, that's a very good point. It is giving her what she wants at the moment (three letter word, beginning with "s" and ending with "x".) That was always her priority - and with as many men as possible, though I obviously only found out at a later time! - but money comes a very close second.

          I know and believe that she will pay some day. Those thoughts used to comfort me - no more.

  2. Eaglekiwi profile image75
    Eaglekiwiposted 7 years ago

    Favoured by whom?

    Good question by the way. My sons Social Economics is studying all kinds of things like this in school (hes 17) and they have been looking in depth at the Western v Eastern philosphies.
    Democracy has not been as free as many thought and Communist Countries appear to remain on track as far as their economies are concerned.
    I think Western attitudes are arrogant and lazy at times and Communism appears to have more unity, and mock the disloyalty Westerners show their leaders and authority.
    I dont agree with Communism at all ,but I have become disappointed with so called Democracy too.
    Personally its just another label,to make us feel more superior.

    1. marinealways24 profile image59
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I guess my ultimate question would be: Is anyone favored by our creator?

  3. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Everyone get their share, as much as they can handle, no more, no less smile

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    Leta Sposted 7 years ago

    Here you go, Marine...said to have been written in dedication to a soldier after the 1st World War:

    http://www.wikilivres.info/wiki/Desiderata

    Quoted from the above:

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.


    Or, I just found this one, if ya like it better, wink:

    http://www.cantrip.org/gamers-desiderata.html

    1. marinealways24 profile image59
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good Stuff. Thanks for posting.

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    logic,commonsenseposted 7 years ago

    You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the sky....
    We are what we are.  We are the only ones that truly change ourselves.  Disillusionment is self pity.  Strength is being self confident.  This does not necessarily make you arrogant.  Only one's own ego will do that.

  6. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I prefer to believe that we are never given more than we can handle smile for growth.

    1. marinealways24 profile image59
      marinealways24posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hello Dame. I don't know about this one. What about those that commit suicide? Maybe they were given more than they could handle?

      1. Dame Scribe profile image59
        Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Personal choice of actions are out of our control as is place of birth and privilege. sad

        1. alekhouse profile image80
          alekhouseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You mean, we NEVER have a choice?

          1. Will Apse profile image91
            Will Apseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I remember someone asking Pete Townsend a long while ago if he was happy. He said. "I'm working class, I'm not meant to be happy." Seems relevant somehow.

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              pgrundyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Amen to that too. He's right. smile

              1. Jewels profile image82
                Jewelsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                lol How true is that statement.  Geez - how many people actually die happy? I mean really?  Not elated, but just happy?

                I think Walt Disney and this ideal world is a bit of a crock.  Not that I don't want things to be ideal and happy.  But really truly!

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            Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            It is my belief that every circumstance of our lives is because of our past actions. It is ALL our own choice. It is the Law of Karma and the act of reincarnation.

            It is the only explanation that fits all the facts.

            Why do some people get to live in a free country while others don't? Maybe in some other life they stood up for the rights of others. Why are some healthy and some not? Maybe they cared for others who were sick or maybe they just practiced the tenets of good living. Why are some people prodigies at a young age (Mozart, Tesla, etc.) - because they studied those subjects with all their hearts before the current lifetime.

            Kind of gives new meaning to "personal responsibility" doesn't it?

  7. fierycj profile image85
    fierycjposted 7 years ago

    Freedom is good and all. But I wouldn't want my country to be as free as America. That's a lil too much freedom for me.

  8. onthewriteside profile image61
    onthewritesideposted 7 years ago

    Every living thing has value...even if it's a deaf, dumb, blind, mentally impaired, quadriplegic child who still manages to stir a smile on his parents' faces.

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    nazishnasimposted 7 years ago

    Probability. If it had been the other way round then the other side would have been asking the same question. It had to be one way or the other; couldn't have been both. So enjoy it while you have it!

  10. Eaglekiwi profile image75
    Eaglekiwiposted 7 years ago

    We are equal in so much as we begin life all needing the same elements and emotional support.
    We dont all get that, but it has all been created.
    For example did you know that the world produces enough food to feed everyone!
    Yet one in every 6 person is still hungry?
    What has gone wrong.
    Not the Creator , he enriched the soil,provided the water,makes the sun shine ,gave people knowledge and appropriate skills so what is missing from the equation?
    Rice has gone up in price?  why,it doesnt cost any to produce than it did 20/30 yrs ago?
    Could it be mans( and womens) greed and power get in the way?
    These are some of my thoughts today.smile

  11. santoion profile image61
    santoionposted 7 years ago

    I was born in Romania and led a normal life until 1 day the communist regime dissolved. This system in Romania was dictatorial like other similar ones.All the media: news on TV, on the radio, on the Internet...are presented and controlled by the political power. So,everybody who was born in a free country is lucky ...

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    \Brenda Scullyposted 7 years ago

    Whenever I go on holiday, to beautiful places, and see the children coming home from school, mid day, in the sunny weather, I wonder why I was born in a council estate in greater Manchester........ well now who would not?????

  13. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    I feel privileged to have been born in Australia, and know how lucky my life has been and is.

  14. Jewels profile image82
    Jewelsposted 7 years ago

    I agree there ernest re being born in Australia.

    It's a good question with vast answers available.  The grass can always look greener in someone else's backyard.  We think from our own standpoint that someone else's life looks better.  It may appear to flow if a person laughs and smiles more than you do.

    A persons life could flow and be easy, another persons life could be full of challenges and traumas and at the end of a life the one full of challenges could be the one that was given favor because overcoming challenges can be the most rewarding.  Things are not always as they seem.

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      pgrundyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Jewels, I agree. You said that perfectly.

  15. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I was referring to the comment about suicide. We have no control over their actions. Everybody has personal choice tongue

  16. marinealways24 profile image59
    marinealways24posted 7 years ago

    If A child is born with a life altering disease with no medical explanation compared to a perfectly healty child with a crack head mother, was the healthy child favored over the unhealthy child?

    1. andromida profile image74
      andromidaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Favored by whom.Its a matter of choice and probability.In this case
      the probability of the outcome was determined by the crack head mother.

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      pgrundyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It's impossible to tell. Richard Pryor's mother was a drug addict and a prostitute and his humor was amazing. People who have very sick children usually say they learned a lot from their child and if the child survives it often grows up with more compassion for people who are sick than a healthy child would have.

      It's not the cards you're dealt, it's how you play them.

    3. ledefensetech profile image80
      ledefensetechposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Favored by whom?  It's kind of like what Pam said.  You can't choose how you got here.  What you can choose is how you deal.  That's the only thing any of us really have.  Choice.

  17. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    Wow Pam, we scored yet another one smile

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      pgrundyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Misha you're scaring me.

  18. Hawkesdream profile image77
    Hawkesdreamposted 7 years ago

    I have known some who have nothing and are happier than those that have everything. I think life is what you make it , no more and no less.

  19. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

    I don't like the theory that if you have a terrible life today it's because of what you did in a previous life. It's like telling people that their situation is their own fault when it isn't always.

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, it is. That's the point. If everything in your life is because of the free will you exercised in a former life, then the lesson from that is, how do you change it from this point on? It's a giant behavior modification lesson. One that you enter into of your own free will.

      1. Jewels profile image82
        Jewelsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        This bodes well with the evolution of the soul.

  20. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    I too tend to think it is. smile

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      Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ah Misha - always the voice of depth and reason smile

      1. Misha profile image75
        Mishaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Not always, only when I agree to you tongue wink

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          Madame Xposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I disagree. I've read your posts and I find them insightful and well-thought-out. Agreeing with me is just a side benefit smile

  21. Misha profile image75
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    LOL Thank you, I take your compliment with pleasure smile

  22. Colebabie profile image60
    Colebabieposted 7 years ago

    Life is both easier and harder for me being a girl. It depends on what about life we're talking about. There are different factors of my life that could make it easier/harder. But again, depends on what aspect of life we are talking about.

    I think that life is both physical and mental for all, the level of strength needed depends on the individual.

 
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