A young man I know, who gave me permission to quote him, shared a very wise understanding with me.
He said, in an elegant and simple way, “You can choose what you do with your work, but don’t destroy other people’s work.”
This young man referred to an experience at the beach one year with his family. His father had painstakingly created an beautiful and accurate replica of the Titanic near the shore. The boy watched as afterwards, one family admired and took pictures of it, carefully stepping around the masterpiece.
Another boy came up to the sand creation and proceeded to kick the ship’s replica apart.
Philosophically, this young man reflected upon the nature of the ocean tides and the inevitability of his dad’s creation washing away.
But he also observed something profound about the nature of respect and the Golden Rule while he was at it. Wouldn’t you agree?