“When given the choice from being right and being kind, always choose kind”-Dr Wayne
This goes with August for many reasons, some are obvious like how he did not seek revenge on Jack Will like I would have for trashing me like that. The other reason is that August decides to always be nice, he never does anything out of anger. Take for instance when August was being bullied by those 7th graders. August was taking quite the verbal beating but he just faced it off and his friends stood up for him. Now here is a question, when someone has been bullying you, should you be kind and just take it or should you fight? Take the issue about slavery, the blacks were being bullied by the whites. The blacks did not back down, the revolted. They were not kind. To me, being right in a situation where you are going to be harmed will be a time to be right. The time when you are having an argument with your parents and you are being mean, back down.
“Have no friends not equal to yourself”-Confucius
This is very important for August. He is trying to make friends in a new school and he has never really been out much. When making friends, August only made friend with the people who actually made an effort to be his friend. That is what good friends come from, when someone is sitting alone then someone goes and talks to them. Making friends is a hard, tiring, painful ordeal in which you test your personality against others. In the end of it, a friend is made. Afterwards comes the ordeal of keeping a friend in which we ask ourselves: “did we make the right choice?” If the answer is yes, the friendship continues. But is it worth it? This answer will depend on experience.
“Kind words do not cost much yet they accomplish much”- Blaise Pascal
Kind words are the cheapest thing ever. They are very easy to give and yet, they change lives. August just had to have Jack and Summer to be by his side and say kind things. That was all he needed to get by. Kind words did not just accomplish much, they gave inspiration to August. For me, kind words are only just 30% percent of the battle to change lives. You make the rest by doing kind things to them. When someone says things and does not do them, they are just people the world will pass by. To be kind, you must understand kind. To be kind is to give something to someone in need. In the end, you feel good. Everything in the world will come back to you. The product of being kind is happiness which feels good.
Why indeed do we bound our lives to a few words on a paper. Why indeed. The answers are as plentiful as the stars. It all depends on your point of view. But no matter what way you see these precepts, they are ultimately true to you. The reason people follow these guidelines or letters on a peice of paper is because these letters are what you believe in. So, what do you believe in?