Parable of the Earth

“I trust you.”

Three powerful words equaled only by “I love you.”. Trust is gained by blood and sweat, and when earned, is a powerful driving force for those who wield it; yet it can be lost in the blink of an eye. It is an ingredient for a successful life, for by it battles are decided, alliances are forged, civilizations are formed… or reduced to dust.

To trust is a gamble. There are many people out there whom you’ll think are trustworthy, but it all boils down to that one tempting moment, that one opportunity to destroy that great gift. So why should we trust if we’re just going to be betrayed later on? Because we need to. Trust, like food and shelter, is a basic necessity for the man, being a social creature. From trust we build our friendships, our hopes, even to what we will be later on.

It hurts to be betrayed by those whom you trusted.

We’ve all been there, those people whom we thought were friends now making us look foolish. But now I understand and accept that hurt is an inevitable part of life, and to trust to make life grow more beautiful we must also be hurt with trials. Take the earth as an example. She nurtures and sustains us with her fruits but to do so her bosom must be wounded and sown with seeds that dig deep into her heart and endure the pain of the elements for the harvest, for us. Like the earth, we must first be hurt for the seeds of virtue to prosper.

Life is a risk. We have to destroy the walls we’ve built around us to see the horizon beyond. Who can be happy he who has not known sorrow?

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