This piece was written by faculty guest Luke Crawley.
There are those who look at the opportunities offered to and successes achieved by others and feel slighted as if in the seemingly fairness centered, equity-minded social construct owes them something. This is the wrong attitude for two reasons. First, any good thing that happens to someone, any good thing, should be unconditionally celebrated without envy, jealousy or scorn. We should be happy when people get the chance to do good things or have good things happen to them. Second, more often than not, those who upon positive happenings are bestowed have actively, sometimes unknowingly, paved the path and set the stage for those happenings. They are active. Those who actively seek to accomplish any task to further themselves as contributing members to society or their own personal goals in life will inevitably inch their way closer and closer to being successful. They ask questions. They search for answers. They seek out opportunity. They go to college knowing that the energy put in to their education is directly proportional to what they will receive. It is not the world’s job to sift through the masses and reward us in the name of fairness. It is the active person taking decided steps that stands out as the one deserving of the prize, whether incremental or monumental. It tends to be the monumental moment that receives the negative attention of the passives. But that moment was made possible by the seemingly trivial, unnoticeable steps someone took which caused their ladder to reach the right height at the right time. Do not be passive. No one is going to hand you anything. Be active. Take small steps, put in hard work, and one day your ladder will extend to just the point you want it to, and I will be happy for you, regardless.