Man comes into this world without his consent and leaves it against his will.

On earth he is misjudged and misunderstood:
In infancy, he is an angel, in boyhood, he is a devil, in manhood he is a fool. If he has a wife and a family, he is a champion. If he is a bachelor, he is inhuman and mean. If he enters a public house, he is a drunkard. If he steps out, he is temperance, fanatic and miser. If he is poor, he has no brains. If he is rich, he has all the luck in the world and he is a crook. If he has brains, he is considered too smart. If he goes to church, he is a hypocrite. If he stays away, he is sinful. If he gives to charity or does a good turn, it is for advertisement. If he does not, he is stingy and mean.

When he comes into this world, everyone wants to kiss him. Before he goes out of this world everyone wants to kick him. If he dies young, there was great future for him. If he lives to a ripe old age, everybody hopes he has made a will.
It is therefore impossible to please everyone, so do your duty and be fearless, Use your own common sense and if ever you make a mistake, it is better than doing nothing.

Keep smiling, as nobody wants to hear about your troubles. They have wagon loads of their own.

Yours sincerely.

The origin and author of this essay is pretty much unknown, it dates back to somewhere around 1985-1990. I have in my possession the actual typewritten copy. I guess one of my aunt got hold of this at her type writing class, probably they used it for practice.


  1. Indra R
    13 February 2023

    In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life… it goes on.
    I just love the way you sum up everything.

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