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Do good anyway

I just finished watching Bombshell (the story of Hedy Lamarr) on Netflix. If you didn’t know, Hedy Lamarr was a gorgeous, glamorous, controversial actress of the 40s who in her spare time invented “frequency hopping” which is now used in secure wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.

Its a rather depressing movie, really. She was followed by notoriety of a risque movie made in her teens (she likely acted the first on-screen orgasm), several failed marriages, and later drug addiction. But it talks about how many of her problems stemmed from people’s blindness to her non-physical qualities. Maybe we would’ve been quicker to see her value if we weren’t too busy looking at her face.


The movie ends with her reading a poem that sums up her life very well and I think is very applicable to life in general:

The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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