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Who People Are

Updated on February 13, 2012

Who People Are

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

The course of human life is measured by success,

a paradigm on which we base our judgement.

However more than not it is financial gain that centres focus,

rather than the personal traits that make a life remarkable.

Success on that superficial level of wealth and notoriety,

can only revere the workings of capitalism, not people.

Who we are, and our connection with people,

is a far greater measure of a human life.

We can be revered for our talent, our expertise and mind,

but how we impact on others and the world, to me is success.

Beyond definitions it is our personal interpretation that matters,

How we determine personal success.

No politicians, religious leaders, movie stars or athletes,

should gain the highest tributes in life.

It is the silent shadows of humanitarianism and service,

that deserve the respect and accolades of success.

Why do we equate fame and notoriety in entertainment

more worthy of the trappings and respect of success?

How has our judgement become so petty

to acknowledge the superficial over true human sacrifice and service?

Success is a subjective term used differently in application,

a term with which we ourselves define meaning.

To me, we should all stand tall and acknowledge living

and our expression of it, as a success.

Who we are is far more important than any paradigm.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again Dream On. Don't throw in the towel, without inspired, aware people there would be no towel. We are all on different paths of knowledge and understanding and in the end be thankful for your awareness. It's far better than the ignorance and suffering that many people endure.

      Have a great day too.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you agree Happyboomer nurse. Thanks for reading and your support.

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      You have gone to the belly of the beast with this one.I often wonder how so many people can watch every baseball game and know every player that does well in the history of baseball.If you ask them... How can we learn to help others by doing things that we enjoy?They have no answer.How can we change the world to be better for millions of people.They give me the same answer I don't know.How can we use our talents in our life to help rather than hurt others.I get a different answer.I don't know what your talking about and would you be quiet I am trying to watch the game.When a baseball game becomes more important than life and the living It is time for me to throw the towel in.Thanks for your inspiring hub.Have a great day.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful hub with some amazing comments that show what you've written is touching people at their core.

      I totally agree that, "Who we are is far more important than any paradigm." Living ones life with integrity and service is my definition of success.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Michelle. You are indeed a committed teacher, and shaping minds as you do is the most important success. Life certainly isn't about money, that's for sure.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Michelle 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Another amazing Hub!

      As a teacher, I have always been disgusted by the fact that athletes and actors/entertainers have always received millions of dollars for memorizing lines (yes, I know there's a lot more to acting than that), hitting a ball with a bat or catching a ball thrown to you. What about those of us who shape the minds of today's youth? Those of us that have to be creative to keep a child's attention. Those of us who dedicate who we are to the education and well-being of future generations?

      I know success is not measured by monetary gain. Success is when that six year old's eyes light up when he's finally able to read and recall words on his own. Success is when a seventh grader is able to read above a second grade level. Success is when a group of students diagnosed with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities are able to have a serious and knowledgeable discussion about a novel they are all reading. Success is when an entire class of 8th & 9th graders are so enthralled with a book series that they cannot wait to read more and go out to get the book on their own to read ahead.

      Like the quote you posted by Maya Angelou - success is liking who you are and what you do. Nothing is more valuable than that.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I am totally agree with you and I am always glad when I read words like these. I know in the world there are people who think differently from what appear to surround us: the fight for notoriety, the greatest "value" called money, for which some people sell themselves, the constantly worries of being beautiful, at all costs.

      But there are some other people that look within themselves, find love in their heart, live by their true and deep values. They feel satisfied to be consistent, with their integrity and simplicity. They are the true heroes.

      And I am glad to be part of this kind of people and I am happy to know other people with this idea of success.