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Thứ Sáu, 16 tháng 1, 2015

The secret of life is not to do what we like, but to like what we do.

This essay was written by Tran, van Dien in 1960.

 Interest is an efficient motive of human actions. We generally do what we like; because when doing what we like, we can carry on our longer and therefore, get more happy results. But somebody holds that: "The secret of life is not to do what we like but to like what we do". Is this sentence right or not?

Body of the essay:

I.   To do what we like:

- What we like, is generally bad things, because they are aroused by low desires and passions. Our whimsical nature often leads us to desire what is forbidden and obnoxious. Especially those who do not have a strong will and a well-trained mind, may often like wrong things.
- Furthermore, our desires do not last. Today we may desire what yesterday we hated; yesterday we hated what we like today. So, if we only do what we like, our work may be left unfinished easily.
Therefore, it is much better to like what we do.

II.   To like what we do:

-       What we do here means what we ought to do, i.e. our duties, our daily work. They are really heavy and require a continual effort but effort can be made only through the warmth of desires and passions. By liking what we do, we shall find joy in our work and be able to get over difficulties.


Most of us generally act under the impulse of passions and temporary desires. It is the reason why we often experience failures and our effort never comes to a happy end. Living in society, we have many duties and responsibilities towards society and our happiness does not consist in ephemeral pleasures but in fulfillment of our daily duties. So, let us bear in mind this golden rule: "the secret of life is not to do what we like but to like what we do".