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Red Rose – Nature Tuesday

Quotes have gained a bad reputation lately because they often get used on social media as a passive-aggressive way to imply something. However, I like them and they often provide some food for thought. I came across this quote by Oscar Wilde, and it stuck to my mind:

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. … A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.”

You can read the whole quote here, it’s a long one.

I like the opposition between living your way and making others live your way. Diversity is important and can be very enriching. Sometimes, we can learn more from people who are very different from us, than someone who shares the same views as us.

What’s your opinion? Do you think this quote is an excuse to be selfish or do you agree with it?

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