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Chicago-based writer Stuart Ross. @myskypager

The world would be better off



The world would be better off

if people tried to become better, 

and people would become better, 

if they stopped trying to become better off. 

For when everyone tries to become

better off

nobody is better off. 

But when everyone tries to become better

everybody is better off. 

Everyone would be rich 

if nobody tried to become richer, 

and nobody would be poor

if everybody tried to be the poorest. 

And everybody would be what he ought to be

if everybody tried to be

what he wants the other fellow to be. 



Peter Maurin, quoted in Loaves and Fishes