Why Behave?

In the United States we allow people to make up sayings or put their names on automobile license plates. They are called “vanity plates” for a reason.

I followed a car yesterday with the license plate “Y Behave”.

I thought, how many of us think it is funny or cute to flaunt good behavior and promote prolonged adolescent behavior.

Many of us still act as if we are adolescent pushing against authority, living a dissipated lifestyle, having no real purpose in life (see my post on ickigai).

The writers of the Proverbs stress constantly the benefits of leading a righteous life. It is a life free from entanglement and anxiety. A life well lived. 

I wonder how long we can sustain such a narcissistic society. I think maybe thinkers 3,000 years ago wondered the same thing.

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