You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Abraham Lincoln – Former President of the United States
We need to remember that it is man’s right to expand his horizons and to develop himself – in so doing, he contributes to his family, his community, his country and also to humanity.
There are a lot of vested interests in the world who probably don’t understand or want to understand the tone of Lincoln’s piece and pursue their own agendas to (often) the detriment of those they are purporting to help. This is a sad thing but one we, as human beings, need to be aware of and take action against where we see it.
Honour and encourage greatness and assist everyone around you be the best they can be.