We all look for comfort. We go on vacation for comfort. We treat ourselves for comfort. We try to climb up the career ladder to live in comfort. Our society makes us focus on comfort, directing our entire energy towards attaining that goal – living without discomfort.
In fact, one of the reasons why slave trade lasted for so long is because of the unmerited benefits comfort provides. Hence, the (seemingly) derogative saying “plow like a negro and live like a white man”. Most white Americans at that referred to this saying to highlight the comfort in which a white man lives because he would not have to plow – work – like the slaves. Well, the problem with this approach is that these people try to avoid hard labour and prefer taking positions of dominance over others. In return, that position should take care of the required work. However, this is an illusion. If you don’t learn to work HARD, you don’t have a future.
Comfort, which is not preceded by hard work will not improve your quality of life. It deprives you of the opportunity to acquire skills and expertise that will help you live through the inevitable challenges life brings. It enables you to constantly develop yourself, build your mental and physical muscles, to obtain high morals, work ethics, perseverance and diligence. Through “plowing” you learn to survive, strive and conquer.
Comfort is misleading as it can cause a person to lose focus and direction in life. Most people desire to live in the greatest comfort but, ironically, they refuse to invest the work required to earn that comfort. That is why they end up in mediocrity and dissatisfaction with life.
We should not make the mistake of considering ourselves superior, favoured or in advantage for matters affecting the here and now. These only last for a short while. We should strive to work hard – “plow like a negro” – to acquire necessary skills and qualities that are timeless and will always be in fashion. It is a compliment, and anyone seeking to only “live like a white man”, as the saying goes, is in fact dying out.
Keep in mind: All progress takes place outside of the comfort zone. Your comfort zone is your danger zone.
With love and gratitude,
Source: The Danger Of Monoculturalism
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