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Do we value only what we struggle for?

When was the last time you were delighted to get something you were ‘supposed’ to? For instance, how many of us would actually delight in receiving breakfast? Not me!

What we do not struggle for, we take as granted – the most fundamental example being our own existence. Rarely would one find somebody so conscientious, he actually valued the mere presence of himself. Why? – because one did not have to struggle to be born.

Very unexpectedly, we attribute more value to something of such necessity, we anyways get it. Air to breathe, water to drink, are some more instances of existences having incalculable , and equally unperceived value as well.

Hence, we only value what we struggle for. As is again noticeable – how many memorable stories would we have read – of love, achievement, success, anything! – that did not involve a struggle, an effort? And that was the only factor which gave it the value it attained.

One would not measure the height of the fruit on the tree by a meter scale from the sea level – but by how hard one had to jump; or carefully one had to throw a stone, to get it!

  • Internet_khare

    i so do not agree…..if u ask ur parents they’ll tell u how much do they value you and love you.but have they struggled for u???not just your all the parents in the world..heard about mother teresa???she valued mankind….had she struggled for it???noooo…….

    • I definitely agree that anybody’s (well, almost everybody’s) parents would say that they value their children a lot. An almost incomparable excess, compared to how little their children can value them. But I do believe it is because of the struggle they have endured, to bring us into this world, and take care of us all through our growth – something we might not be aware of or acknowledge greatly, but it is only they who have truly faced it.
      The point of mother teresa valuing mankind is a very interesting thought. Although very subjective, I would argue that value, is not the most apt word to use here. She loved mankind, and cared a lot for it – is what I would say, from my perception. You can choose to be passionate about something, anything – your girlfriend, your favorite sport – and care for it actively. I would not say that you’re valuing the fact that you can play that sport, or you are able to love that girl (/boy) that you choose to. That’s love. Your parents love you also. But they also value you – the simple fact that you (managed to) exist. At least mine do. That they and I survived through the many hardships in our lives, and have reached the rather favorable circumstance we are in. They value their improved economic condition from the times of their birth, because they faced the difficulties they had to, to reach where they are. That’s the kind of point and comprehension I was trying to drive through my essay.
      Would nevertheless like to hear your arguments with respect to this.