Progressive Choice

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The progressive choice is looking at everyone else with more than you, and resenting it, and trying to get government to fix it. It doesn't lead to happiness, just despair.

You choice is:

(a) You can live the life of angry progressives -- always looking at people that have more than you, and resenting them for their color, money, etc., and always conspiring how to take what's someone else's, to make things "more fair". They want to punish success or who others are, and control the world -- and since they will never succeed, they're unhappy and bitter. But that just makes you a bitter and unhappy person, that's likely to die a bitter and unhappy person. (No matter what you get, it'll never be enough -- because the problem is your perception).

(b) Or you can learn the life of a happy anything else (libertarian, conservative, Christian, agnostic, etc). You look around and see that there's people that make less, have less, had it much rougher than you did (or had more misfortunes hit them), and yet they're more successful (as in happy with what they have) than you are. They're not sweating that your pay-check or house is bigger, they're living life like it matters, and trying to help others up (instead of holding others down). They're not living their lives trying to punish, and control -- but to help and serve.

I think more people like (b), the better society is. The more like (a), the worse. So I'd rather doom people to a realistic optimism of (b), than the cynical pessimism of (a).

Life sucks and is hard for most people. But the green-eyed monster of envy or trying to force fairness on an unjust world, is dooming people to failure and a bitter existence. While teaching them to cherish what they have, will make life better for them, and most who interact with them. That's one of the most major flaws of progressivism.