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By the end of the day, each and everyone of us are mortal human
beings living in an imperfect world. We can only strive to make the best
of things, be it mindful or mindless optimism. Does this come close to
looking at the dark side of life?
Although it is called the “land of opportunity,” America is far from a paradise
many people. But then again, no country is perfect, and all have their faults. So
how should we evaluate and compare different countries? What standard
we use? I prefer the standard cited by the English lexicographer, Samuel
Johnson, who said “A decent provision for the poor is the true test of
civilisation.” Opportunity is nice, but compassion and mercy are nicer.