Thought for the Day

I’ve often wondered why the recipients of kindness are inclined to rebel against their benefactors and repay them with a somewhat distinct resentment as opposed to an appreciation of their good deeds?

The more one tries to unravel the real cause of this contrary effect that seems a contradiction to the accepted notion of gratitude, the more one is baffled than ever.

On the face of it, recipients are over-joyed when showered with the means to make their life more tolerable and to have access to some luxuries.

But soon enough, they turn envious, wanting more of the same – as if one is obligated to make a habit of it, and cocoon them in a life of idleness. Then the pursuit of help becomes their main target and the duration of it their objective by whatever means at their disposal.

Is the greed in human nature so powerfully ingrained in the very depths of our genes that to overcome it requires a constant fight to keep it in check, and a steely determination not to weaken or fall foul of temptation.

The subject of why people react in the way they do is much more complex than we are led to believe by psychoanalysts, or by Freudianism; for the mysteries of the human brain and its total management of the entire body is so intricate that it defies comprehension.

Suffice it to say that if the very tenets of religious beliefs are hard to decipher in terms of science and common sense, then how can we expect to analyse the individual emotions of a human being whose very structure is as puzzling as ever – despite the technical advances in every conceivable strata of knowledge that this century has achieved.

The lesson to be had, though, is to try to spread goodwill and the capacity to contain the foibles that afflict us sometimes, in order to avoid conflict with others, and thus achieve peace and serenity in a world undergoing great upheavals at this moment in time.

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