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The moon also rises. All people are equal in the eyes of the moon and sun.

Updated on May 20, 2013

Which Road do you choose?

Our Choice, the good life or bad.
Our Choice, the good life or bad. | Source

Look for Good and it will Find You

Why would a horrible deceitful and murderous man get to enjoy the same sun and moon as I do? Why should I struggle with right and wrong, while those who do not enjoy the same fruit and meat of the land?

As Bob Dylan would say “the answer is blowing in the wind”. Should we struggle for struggling sake?

We are bound by what is inside of us to do what we feel is right. A bad man sees bad as right. A righteous man sees right as right. So there is something inside us that dictates our actions in general.

Nature versus nurture, should probably be said nature and nurture. Who we are is clearly a combination of both. But the nurturing can change that which within us naturally. And this is powerful, setting the course for a life of right or bad.

However the defining answer to the question: why are some bad and others right is choice. We do not choose to be right or bad. We chose what we let define us.

It is a cause and effect reality. If we chose to perceive good things then that engrains within us. Likewise if we look for goodness that is what will find us. Bad things happen, but suffering is optional. We can take what is bad and reject it or we can embrace it, and learn from it. Our Choice.

The most important influence on our decision to go right or bad is love. It is very difficult to do bad when you view your world with love.

This is the bottom of a beautiful canyon, it has much too much runoff garbage.

I can look down inside this canyon and see the beauty or I can see the garbage.
I can look down inside this canyon and see the beauty or I can see the garbage. | Source

I can read almost any text and find the errors in it.

I choose to read almost every text and find the good part of it.

I find an unwashed mad and I drink in his humanness.

Let me borrow a line: "if you ain't into that then I don't give a damn". Our humanity is not judged by our manicures it is judged by our pain.

I was out walkin as is my lot in life. I dare say I has walked 300 miles in Paris France. Probably 400 in Mexico, another 700 in Vietnam and and easy 1,000 in the Grand Canyon of the Southwest. I maybe have walked at least 2000 in my home of San Diego County. I walk. The Matterhorn and the Norwegian fjords are not strangers and the Appalachian trail and Kings highway are known to me as the Sierras the Tetons and the Sierra Madres Death valley and the painted desert know my footprints as does the Sahara. Mekong swamps and Himalayan alps and Gobi deserts are familiar with my name. I started walking and eleven and I am 55 and at eleven I entered the great Havasupai canyon on foot and knew more areas of Sedona than most men picture in their minds.

Only to learn that walking takes you there. but acceptance keeps you there. He is filthy and ugly, and violent, but he is my brother. Be well.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for the beautiful and inspiring words, Eric. It's very important to remind everyone that although bad things happen, suffering is our choice. Voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quirinus, Even though we do not suffer fools lightly. And then there was womens sufferage. I think you suffer not.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Suffered enough to understand the wisdom in the words that the more suffering one has been through, the more opportunity one has for awakening. Although, that is not to discount the possibility of the situation swinging to the other end: suffering causing one to close one's heart and be angry against the world.

      We are assured nonetheless that life keeps bringing us back the lessons that we still need to learn.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sure hope so. Breathe in, Breathe out, move on.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Truly inspiring words of wisdom.......

      We have within us, both the 'Good' and the 'Bad'. It is up to us, which one thought wins over the other. While the 'Bad' way most of the times seems easier to follow, the 'Good' one is slightly more difficult path. But it pays in the long run to follow the later.

      Thanks for sharing this thoughtful hub.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Namaste.

      May your light within shine bright enough to keep the bad at bay.

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      pennyofheaven 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Your article brings to mind the Native American tale of the two wolves and which one you feed.

      Enjoyed your hub immensely! Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That story was told to me by my Hopi nursemaid. I had not had in my consciousness for many moons, thank you for reminding me.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - You put your finger precisely on the truth. We develop and become who we are based on Nature AND Nurture AND our personal choices. We cannot always control what happens to us, who our parents are, what ills overtake us, but with great effort. (and God's help) we can control both how we respond and how we let ourselves be affected. I could not agree with you more. Sharing. ~~Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa your words are the wind beneath my wings. Just had a bit of a bad round with business. But with proper choices we move forward not backwards -- Thanks, Mom & Dad

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      Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Eric, just now - since yesterday, a certain national and political incident started off a strain of thought similar to the one discussed here. You have put it down so straight forward and simple. Yet we strive most of our life in ethical and social dilemmas on what to be or become- and always with the question that why would 'the bad' get the same sun and moon to light their world? Love is really the answer- and I hope more and more people realize this. I vote 'useful' because it is the most essential lesson to learn. Sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am blessed with an adoptive son from what I still call Calcutta. Samir is good and teaches me much.

      We have agreed that the numbers and momentum of our universe have made us what we are. And that we must find our true paths of what we are to do with our wealth. My wealth is my teaching, his is his family. Choose well my friend, for it shall not be chosen for you.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Dear Eric - I concur with your concluding remarks about viewing the world through "love" and embracing our ups and downs, though painful and full of suffering, we still "choose" to do good and see the best in everything and everyone as much as possible. The only sentence which troubled or confused me was this, "We do not choose to be right or bad. We chose what we let define us." Is not this what you refute? That we "DO CHOOSE" to be right or bad. That it is in our thoughts, vision and actions to "choose" the side of right and good, rather than wrong and bad. Do no harm. Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, Debby

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This Debby is my thanksgiving; to meet and learn from great writers as your self.

      I do firmly believe that we cannot choose these things that come our way. So reaction and human strength is not worthy at such time. We are week we do bad. But we are strong we "DO CHOOSE" to BE right or bad. Do or Be are the concepts.

      But you have already been adored.

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Hi Eric,

      I think every individual should see living their life in love always. I love the concept of your article. Voted up. Happy Thanksgiving. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Princess,

      I hope you do not tier of others needs to love and be loved. We need you.

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      Adama Gidado 4 years ago

      This is a great hub as it is insightful and very realistic. Love conquers all.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I did not address the timeline and continuum nature of what the moon and sun have seen. It is wonderful. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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