Imagine finally going to your warm cozy bedroom after a long day in school and finding it infested with mosquitoes. Yes! A colony of uninvited guests had the guts to completely overtake your room. You feel like screaming at them “pick on someone your own size!” You take a fly swatter and by some miracle you are able to kill all but one lone pesky mosquito. According to Ken Keyes Jr.’s “Mosquito Principal” chances are you will still be bothered by that one mosquito. The “Mosquito Principal” states: If there are 30 mosquitoes, and you exterminate 29 of them, you will not be happy or grateful that you were able to get rid of almost all of them rather you will on edge until you see that one mosquito squished under the insole of your shoe. Similarly, if you have 29 out of 30 things necessary to make you content, you may think that you will be satisfied and grateful to have almost everything that you want, but because of the mosquito principle however, you are likely to be unhappy, because your mind will focus on the one remaining lack. This is the complete and unadulterated antithesis of gratitude. Gratitude by definition states that one should be thankful for any good that has been given to him or her regardless of the quality or quantity of goodness. When we focus on what we have we realize how much there is to be grateful for. When we focus on what we are missing it is impossible to be grateful because you can’t appreciate something you don’t have. The 21st century ideals completely contradict that of gratitude. The city streets scream out the ideals of entitlement. You are entitled to only the best, the top, the newest and you can’t be satisfied with anything less. There is a quote that goes, “Today’s better will always be bested by tomorrows better yet.” This means whatever you have is never enough. Face it, your new iPod nano 5th generation that was once the top on the market will soon be bested by the Nano 10th generation. “Good morning America”!...
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