3 Great Evils: Boredom, Vices and Needs

3 Great Evils: Boredom, Vices and Needs

“Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.”  ~Voltaire 

Have you ever thought about those people that sit around thinking of new ways to take advantage of someone else? You know those people that create computer viruses, organize business scams or look for someone to steal something from. What if these same people would use their time, gifts and abilities towards making something that would help someone else, instead of hurting them? What if they provided a beneficial service, instead of creating a way to cause someone else misery? The bottom line, in many of these cases, is that boredom, an unhealthy vice or habit, or some type of need moves people to take advantage of someone else in many cases.

The thing that really gets me sometimes is that people don’t understand the Golden Rule of, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Or from a more scientific viewpoint, Newton’s Law of Motion, which states “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction:” (which may not apply directly to a person’s actions in the natural sense but more to actual objects in motion, but I like to try and sound smart once a week so humor me! 🙂 ) If we spend our time taking from others, someone will spend their time taking from us. Or, if we spend our time giving to others, someone will spend their time giving to you.

I honestly believe that the things that we are good at, or our natural gifts and talents, need a purposeful and positive outlet. If we don’t find one for them, idleness and boredom may cause us to use these gifts, which were intended for someone else’s good, for their evil. It’s a decision that may take work to develop into something good, but the rewards from that work can be immeasurable in this life and the life to come.

ConsiderTHIS…the things that we spend our time doing, is it work towards doing a thing that will help or hurt? If it’s to benefit someone else whatever work is required is beneficial. So make it a point to avoid boredom, unhealthy vices and personal needs and focus on someone else. As you do I believe that as you search for ways to benefic another you will find what you need being taking care of as well.

How often have you noticed people with some type of gift or talent using it in some negative way? How often have you done the same if ever?