Chasing Sophistication
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A helping hand


It’s a tough world out there. More so for the elderly and disabled who may struggle to get on the bus or open a door without some assistance. So we lend them a hand, it’s polite and the right thing to do. It’s common courtesy. I’m sure we all do it and if you haven’t lately then this is just a kind reminder. That goes for giving up your seat on the bus as well.

We all help out when needed and rarely expect anything in return in the hope that when we get older and may be in need,  a kind stranger will help us as we helped others. It’s a sign of respect and recognition. It’s a good deed and it’s part of what keeps our society civil.

After watching the Godfather recently I realized that it wasn’t the guns or cash that gave the crime families their power, but it was the respect and goodwill which they carefully built up over the years. Initially, Vito Corleone helped the victims of injustice and discrimination, often poor immigrants who didn’t speak English, who gave him their respect in return. He selflessly traded one favour for another to help the people he cared about. This then formed the foundation of his empire.

While one can argue that he was abusing their position of weakness, he did help where the official authorities did nothing and many of them continued to profit of their connections with the Corleones. So in the end it was a win-win. Indeed, helping  people with their problems is exactly what Don Vito is doing during the opening scene of the Godfather. “No Sicilian can ever refuse a request on his daughter’s wedding day.” He’s doing good, in his own bloody way.

“Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.”

A good deed no longer is a good deed when spoken about, nor is it when we expect something in return. However, I truly do think that those who go out of their way to help others gain respect in return and when that person is in need then those who he or she helped will be the first to return the favour. And you can never have too many favours in the bank.

You can do good and achieve more legitimate goals with it too. Or did you seriously think that Bushes and Clintons are the only families fit to become POTUS? That reminds me, I should watch House of Cards.

Indians call it Karma. I simply hope it’s a good deed that, if needed, one day gets repaid. The point is that we could all use a helping hand every once in awhile, no matter what we’re chasing, but until that day, we should be the ones lending a hand.

Chasing Sophistication

Chasing Sophistication

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