The nation’s #1 talked about TV show, Empire, ended its premiere yesterday. It broke records every week, gathering an audience of over 20 million+ viewers. While the show is fictional and controversial – I think there are important characteristics we can learn from on what ultimately defines the human culture.
We are constantly faced with a hard choice and the easy choice. The hard choice is the good within us; this decides to do the right things with a moral compass as our barometer, no matter what pain we go through. The easy choice brings out the temptation to do wrong because while it may cause pain for others, it causes us short-term gratification.
It’s a constant struggle between the good and evil in all of us. Even though we can choose our friends, we can’t pick our family, and as shown in this show, even they can make choices that can detract us, make us powerless, and make insatiable greed their end game.
While struggle between good and evil lives each day within us, that’s not the way to look at life or how to build character. Character is defined by just doing good and not having any expectations in return. Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, but the only character endures. Our ultimate goal is happiness. And, that can’t be bought. That can’t be overthrown. That can’t be stifled by greed. It can be achieved through inner peace with what you give to the world.
Love is your gift to the world. Fill yourself with love, and send that love out into the universe. How others treat you is their path; how you react, is your karma.
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You Owe Me.” Look at what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”
And, that’s what loyalty is about. It’s the epicenter of how you live your life between good and evil.