“Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth.” – Jeremy Taylor
The world is filled with the by-products of prosperous errors, in fact, it may appear on occasion to turn on them. The momentary success of prosperous errors creates the misleading appearance of a sustainable alternative to a life lived according to truth, but the shame, guilt, fear, or pride which attends such errors turns what would be fulfilling eternal progress into a wretched treadmill.
Prosperous errors are committed every day: telling white lies, cutting in line, selling someone something they don’t need, laughing at the expense of another, turning on a friend to profit from an enemy, joining an enemy to exact revenge upon a former friend, cheating on a test, etc. The list goes on and on.
But he who would live a sustainably successful life, a life worth living, knows that expediency instead of integrity always brings failure. Integrity is the product of a life lived according to truth and whether truth is sweet in the mouth or bitter in the belly is of little import to a man whose fundamental preferences are clear.