No one cares. No one gives a damn. You die, you live, who cares? People are already fighting for space to live, air to breathe, resources to exploit. One down and your chances become so much better. Back-stabbing, double-crossing, double standards, you think that’s bad? Well, you are gullible, you were foolish, how is that anyone else’s fault? Hah! Those things do get the job done, don’t they? The virtuous you, the conscientious you, the principled you… and where are you, when I am cruising along ahead in life? Values and Principles, you say, painstakingly taught? Replaced and replaced well. For the better, oh yes, much, much better! And I am running ahead in the rat-race. Deception, lies, hypocrisy. Oh, I don’t like them either, abhor them in fact, but they do serve your purpose. Everything has a price and if I can find it, success, money is mine. and that’s all that matters. When I have everything, you have only your values, and not a thing more. And that’s all that matters. I’m great when you are not.
[A lesson tried hard to be taught to the idealist me, while subjecting me to it]
N.B. Remembering while laughing. After all, he who laughs last, keeps laughing…. Yup, I’m still the idealist me. Happily.