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Instant gratification can have fatal consequences

December 11, 2017 GMT

“To eat bread without hope is still to slowly starve to death”

— Pearl S. Buck

We live, it seems, in a world short on hope and long on self-gratification. We live for today. But in living in the moment, too many jeopardize their future.

More and more, the consumption of potentially harmful drugs, most notably opioids, is the result of this approach. Too many people, both here and everywhere else, are dropping dead because of this choice.

But if you hoped one day to have a family, would you choose dope? If you hoped one day to be part of a better world, would you choose dope? If you value your mind, would you choose dope?

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We live in an increasingly secular world, so an appeal to values will not work with everyone. It seems we have a crisis of faith, a reluctance to sacrifice.

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” Christopher Reeve, the actor, said that. The powerful and handsome Reeve, star of “Superman,” lost the use of his arms and legs in a horseback riding accident. Despondent at first, he developed a sense of purpose.

That is what we need now. We live in a world where fewer than half of us attend church. Children now make up less than a fourth of the American population. We think too much of ourselves, too little of what we might be and how we might help.

More people today live in peace and prosperity than at any time in the history of the world. These are great times. Do not cut your time in them short.