You know when you play GrandTheftAuto and its variants, and it’s all you can do not to cheat. It’s because cheating is easy and the rewards are instant. Instant gratification. No need for time, effort, input, investment, patience - all avoided by cheating. Where does it get you? You lose all interest in the game quickly; any missions completed leave no satisfaction; anything you unlock you have gained unfairly and so it is ruined.
I feel like life is similar. We have limitations; laws; rules. They keep us in line. They define what we can and cant do. They are morality and justice, as determined by those in control. There are even similar religious codes: infidelity; stealing; murder. They govern us. But maybe that isnt all they do. Maybe they unlock a potential in us. Maybe we’ve done a million things more than we could if murder, rape and plunder were all a given.
As a problem solving race, we are given things we cannot do. To get our way, we must go around them or do something else, even find new answers. With laws, formalities, religious beliefs, we are given boundaries. We are told “do not do this”. As humans, we have the ability to do what we please. We can literally do whatever is possible, bound by intellectual and physical limitations… but it is easy to cheat. It is easy to do what is not allowed, to gain instant gratification in an immoral way.
My point is that a sense of achievement cannot be fully grasped by he who has cheated. I believe it is our limitations that make us blossom. Without law and rules, in a way, we become confined by unlimited possibility - where is the measuring stick by which anyone can succeed when there is no measure? If the law is “anything goes”, how can anyone truly be judged or measured?
One could argue that judgement is bad and everyone should be free to be who they want, but I dont. Without judgement, without measurement, how can we see what is good or bad, what works, what excels. The playing field has been really quite levelled and although not completely fair (gender, race, relations etc.) there is a system in which the majority have an equal opportunity to enjoy life and make choices to live as good people. That’s quite an accomplishment for a species, I think.
Crux: Dont cheat. Be patient. Invest time, effort and hard work, and enjoy the fruits of your labour afterwards. Life can be very rewarding.