My dearest and most precious sons, Shosh and Jailai:
You often hear it said that the good guy always loses. I beg to differ.
Although the bad guy — who is willing to lie, cheat, and steal — may get ahead in the short run by skirting the law and morality, he/she loses in the long run. First, note recent reports of the downfall of the mighty, e.g., Samsung’s chief and heir face prison time for their corrupt practices, a former president of South Korea has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for corruption, and a former president of Brazil has been sentence to 12 years in prison for corruption. Crime catches up with you partly because you make enemies. That leads to my second point: bad guys live in constant fear of being exposed or on the receiving end of their misdeeds. A thief, for example, fears being discovered and thinks everyone is out to get him. Thus, he must constantly be on guard and trusts few . Is that a good way to live? Are those the makings of a good life? No.
You can do well by doing good in the world, by helping to make the world a better place. For example, at a time when computing was limited to the few, Steve Job envisioned a world where there is a computer in every home and that technology is accessible to all. As a result of his efforts, most homes today have one or more computers. At the time of his death, Mr. Job’s net worth was $10.2 billion. https://www.investopedia.com/university/steve-jobs-biography/steve-jobs-net-worth.asp. He did well by doing good, wouldn’t you say? (Now, reports are that Steve Job is not the easiest man to get along with and has his own issues. But, who among us is perfect? Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Acknowledge his contributions to the world, but hold him accountable for his less stellar aspects as appropriate.)
The undergirding of today’s lesson is the same fundamental lessons I’ve always harped on: be you but be the best you can be, and try to leave your corner of the world a little bit better than when you first found it. I leave you with another wise word from one of my favorite people.
Go forth, do good, and do well. Live a purposeful life. Happiness lies therein.
All my love, always,