Winning Pizza

Someone once said . . . .

Or have you heard . . .

The one who dies with the most toys missed the point.

What are your thoughts about winning? I find it ironic that when it comes to winning, one may have clear, good goals but vague and soft means. It is like saying I want to win the pizza contest, but vaguely understand the choice of pizza oven, nor the rules of the game. So, is it still considered a win if cheating and hurting others is involved? What about making up your own rules that are self-serving? What is it about this quest to win that without notice turn on our insecurity button and dull our moral reasoning, especially if we adopt a utilitarian approach, the end justifies the means philosophy. Is it vanity, ignorance or mere overconfident, impassioned temperament? How we win strongly affects the person we become. And so it becomes a vicious cycle. In the end, have we just encouraged more lies and fraud, create more problems than solutions, regress than progress, destroy than build, become more immature than mature, more enslaved than empowered, more humiliated than happy? We could lose our very soul while we win the pizza! What’s the point?

What’s worthwhile is worth seeking, for if we aim for nothing, we get nothing. But in reality, we cannot win every battle. Probably you already know that. And we don’t need to because not every battle is worth it. If we break it down, there are actually two spheres of winning. The physical and the physical. So we can be physically rich but spiritually poor, and vice versa. The former could become materialistic. However, the physically poor may also turn into a thief. Both suffer from poverty of the soul. Ostracized for your faith, fired for your values? Do we measure our success by what we have or not have? It depends on what is that winsome treasure to you. To which Jesus said “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain.” And again. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” The last word implies to enjoy abundantly.

Quick check: Is there anything I need to examine and change in my goal or approach to it?