A question I received: Many people relate to all of life’s ills by the principle, “Just smile and all will pass,” meaning everything will work out in the end. Does this mean that these people will never come out of their egoism?
My Answer: This kind of approach is destructive. One thinks that if he smiles like an idiot, everything will work out. He expects things to work out not because of his efforts and work, but just like that, all by itself.
Where does this attitude come from? From the fact that people don’t have anything in life, yet they already know that there’s nothing that can be done about it. They feel that everything is determined by blind fate, and this means that everything should work out somehow. So they think: You can’t really change anything, but at least you can smile like an idiot.
This approach diverts a person from action, from freedom of choice, and from correction. And this is why it is destructive.
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